Thursday, October 22, 2009

Promises Made, Promises Kept: Myelin Repair Foundation

The Myelin Repair Foundation set out to raise $25,000,000, find targets for myelin repair, and even license a target in a brief five years. They are $20,100 shy of meeting each goal within the time frame established. Watch this video produced to celebrate this accomplishment and read the message provided below.

From our long-time supporter and volunteer Area Director, Bob Gregory:

I'm a keeper of lists; a setter of goals, a manufacturer of timetables. Add to this a great deal of impatience and inability to accept the status quo and you have the makings of great frustrations. So when I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1990 I fell into old habits. I was going to be back to my marathon running ways by 1995. Or by the time my daughter went to school in 1998. Or by the time the millennium turned in 2000. Each time reluctantly pushing out my arbitrary timetable with no real logic behind it.

Then I had dinner in Chicago in December 2004 with Scott Johnson and Rusty Bromley. They talked about pulling together the top researchers in some of our most valued universities; who didnt know each other except by reputation and have them collaborate and thereby sacrifice their most valuable asset: the proprietary use of their ideas. And by the way were going to raise $25 million and license a target all in 5 years.

My heart said yes. My brain said no way. But there was a plan!

As you can see from this report, it worked: Promises Made, Promises Kept. Read the report here:

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