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Friday, June 5, 2015

Stem Cell Battles: Proposition 71 and Beyond

How Ordinary People Can Fight Back against the Crushing Burden of Chronic Disease — with a Posthumous Foreword by Christopher Reeve
By (author): Don C. Reed (Americans for Cures Foundation, USA)
This is a one-of-a-kind book: combining easy-to-understand science, in-the-trenches political warfare, and inspirational stories. It aims to give hope to individuals and families who suffer from chronic disease or disability; to point out how ordinary people can make an extraordinary difference in the battle to ease suffering and save lives through supporting medical research; to share in “people talk” some of the amazing progress already achieved in the new field of stem cell research; to show how even such a magnificent success as the California stem cell program is under constant attack from ideological groups; to offer medical research as a force for international cooperation; to suggest how cure research lessens the need for the mountainous costs of endless care.
Unparalleled background: the author has been involved in virtually every important stem cell battle (state, national, and international) since embryonic stem cell research began. The author works closely with Robert N. Klein, sponsor of the California stem cell program, the largest source of such stem cell research funding in the world. In addition, the author is an award-winning teacher as well as writer, and seeks to entertain as well as educate. His book is not only substantive, but also fun.
The book would be a treasured gift: for anyone suffering an “incurable” illness or who is a caregiver for a loved one; for a college student considering a rewarding career in biomedicine; for scientists who want to protect and enhance their research funding; and for anyone who wants to see government respond to the needs of its citizenry. Chronic disease and disability are a prison: cure is the triumphant escape — wheelchairs should be for temporary occupancy only.

350pp    Oct 2015
  • ISBN: 978-981-4644-01-3 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 978-981-4618-27-4 (softcover)


DISEASE-A-WEEK CHALLENGE #2: The California Stem Cell Program vs. Alzheimer’s Disease

Don C. Reed

BIO: Don C. Reed 
Born: August 19, 1945

Education: B.A, Teacher’s credential, Cal State Hayward, 1988

Work history: U.S. Army, 1963-66;  associate editor, Strength and Health Magazine, 1968-70; reporter, Fremont News-Register, 1971-2; scuba diver for Marine World/Africa USA, 1972-87; English teacher, 1987-2004; patient advocate, 1994-present.

Stem cell research advocacy:
.Citizen sponsor for Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act, 1999;
.Established Californians for Cures, 2000;
.Opened Roman Reed Lab at UC Irvine, 2002;
.Grassroots organizer for Sen. Deborah Ortiz’s three stem cell research laws, 2002-2004;
.Helped organize First International Stem Cell Action Conference, UC Berkeley, 2004;
.Speaker at World Stem Cell Summit, 2005-2013; 
.Helped extend Roman Reed Act five years by unanimous vote of legislature, 2004;
.Served on executive board for campaign for Proposition 71, 2003-2004;
. Vice President, Public Policy for Americans for Cures, 2004-present

Publications: books: NOTES FROM AN UNDERWATER ZOO, Dial Press, 1981, SEVENGILL: THE SHARK AND ME, Sierra Club Books, 1984, THE DOLPHINS AND ME, Sierra Club Books, 1986, WILD LION OF THE SEA , Sierra Club Books, 1989, THE KRAKEN, Boyds Mills Press, 1995. STEM CELL BATTLES, World Scientific Publishing, Inc.,forthcoming. Magazine articles: approximately 30, for THE LANCET, OCEANS, BOY ’S LIFE , HIGHLIGHTS FOR CHILDREN, others. Editorials, letters: New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, others.
Huffington Post Weblog, approximately 190 entries. Daily Kos, approximately 200.

Personal weblog:

Awards: Willie Shoemaker Award for Advancing Spinal Cord Injury Research Awareness, 2005; nominated to Spinal Cord Injury Hall of Fame, 2005; received World Stem Cell Summit Advocate of the Year Award, 2006; received first Patient Advocate Award from California Institute Regenerative Medicine 2006;  Writing awards from Highlights for Children, Outstanding Science Article of the Year Award, twice; Fremont Unified School District Teacher of the Year, 1999-2000; Education Press Award, 1996.

Married to the love of his life, Gloria Jean Reed for 46 years, Reed has two children: Desiree’, Senior Associate Athletic Director for Virginia Tech University, Roman Reed, already a legendary activist for stem cell research legislation, and four amazing grand-children: Roman Jr., and Jason, the athletes of the family, Jackson the entrepreneur,  and our youngest, Katherine the Great

Sponsor, Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act
Founder and Co-Chair, Californians for Cures

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