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Red Planet scientist battles MS

The scientist who led Britain's Beagle 2 mission to Mars has told BBC News he has multiple sclerosis (MS).

Professor Colin Pillinger, from the Open University, said he had been diagnosed with a progressive form of the neurological condition in May.

Launch here.

July 18, 2005 in people | Permalink | Comments (0)

PR exec starts campaign for stem-cell research

Eric Yaverbaum hopes to persuade President Bush to drop his opposition to stem-cell research — using a million pairs of shoes.

Yaverbaum, a public relations chief executive officer whose clients include IKEA and Domino's Pizza, has begun Walk a Mile in My Shoes, a campaign to collect old shoes and letters from patients with devastating illnesses and their caretakers. He plans to deliver them to the White House to let Bush know what victims and families endure.

"I want to send a message to this president: This offers a hundred million people hope and a possibility for a better tomorrow," he said of the research.

Yaverbaum, 44, has a very personal stake in his campaign. He has become frustrated as he watches his wife, Suri Nisker, 42, suffer from secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, a debilitating and degenerative disease for which there is no cure.

"Even getting up in the morning is hard for my wife, getting dressed and showered," Yaverbaum said.

Yaverbaum is convinced stem-cell research could offer some hope.

Walk here.

Or send shoes and notes for President Bush to:

                       "Walk a Mile in My Shoes"
                      c/o Jericho Communications
                     304 Hudson Street, Suite 700
                       New York, New York 10013

July 1, 2005 in stem cell | Permalink | Comments (0)