Friday, July 25, 2008

August meeting and more

We will be meeting again on Saturday, August 2nd at...

Gelsosomo's Pizzeria

2605 Laporte Avenue
Valparaiso, IN 46383

map | driving directions

This month we will be eating free pizza supplied by the Northwest Indiana Spinal Cord Injury Group and discussing the details of the Spinal Cord Injury Walk 2008. I have many flyers for everyone to hand out for each event and some Walk brochures so anyone interested can start getting donations. We still need as many business sponsors as we can get along with donated items for silent auction and raffle.

The Screening of Christopher Reeve: Hope In Motion on July 20 attracted 50 people. I consider that a success. We rented a theater with 150 seats, so there was plenty of room for more people. As I sat there looking across the crowd, I thought this is a bigger crowd than I could fit in in my living room. Everyone learned a lot and enjoyed it so much that when Part 2 started unexpectedly they just sat quietly and kept watching until the final credits rolled. It was perfect timing, because the theater had to be cleaned for the next movie.


August 3rd at 2 pm
MAPPING STEM CELL RESEARCH : Terra Incognita… Trailer

This film puts a human face on this controversial subject. When neurologist Dr. Jack Kessler's daughter injured her spine in a skiing accident, he turned his energies toward finding a method to repair damaged spinal cords, re-focusing his research on developing a therapy using embryonic stem cells to regenerate the damaged parts of the nervous system. His research has taken him into a politically very sensitive area in which Catholic and fundamentalist Christian views about the beginning of life exert a powerful influence.

I hope to see as many of you as possible next weekend.


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