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MESSAGE FROM NICHOLAS A. BUONICONTI

 

 

CHANGING MEDICAL HISTORY

Nicholas A. Buoniconti

 

This is an UNBELIEVABLE time for The Miami Project’s research program and for medical history!  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave permission to The Miami Project to begin a revolutionary Phase 1 clinical trial to evaluate the safety of transplanting human Schwann cells in patients with acute (recent) spinal cord injuries (SCI).  The University of Miami’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved this research on human subjects.  Miami Project scientists believe Schwann cells are key to finding cures for paralysis.  The first three (3) participants in this Phase 1 clinical trial had successful transplantations and are in the rehabilitation process. 

The Miami Project has submitted data to the FDA to initiate a Schwann cell transplantation clinical trial in participants with CHRONIC spinal cord injury (those paralyzed for a year or more).  There are millions of people living with paralysis due to SCI that will benefit from this procedure.  The cost for each chronic participant is projected at around $250,000 and The Miami Project and The Buoniconti Fund are committed to raising the funds needed to sponsor these trials.  Exciting findings in the pre-clinical studies with Schwann Cells in chronic injuries have shown extremely promising repairs in the nervous system.

In 1985 my son Marc became a quadriplegic, suffering a paralyzing injury after making a tackle in a college football game.  In the emergency room as Marc was fighting for his life, I looked into his big brown eyes and I read “Help me Dad!”  What could I do?  I needed to do something, but what?  He’s my son and I love him more than life itself.  I felt so helpless.  As a result of Marc’s life altering tragedy, The Miami Project was born to help Marc and the thousands like him to have hope that one day they would walk again.  The millions of paralyzed around the world look to The Miami Project to find a cure to reverse paralysis and restore motor function.  Our Human Clinical Trials Initiative is on the cusp of changing the way paralysis is treated!  This is why The Miami Project exists.  For 29 years supporters of the Great Sports Legends Dinner have raised incredible funds and awareness for The Miami Project’s groundbreaking spinal cord injury research.  I want to sincerely THANK The Buoniconti Fund’s dedicated Board of Directors, the Great Sports Legends, Honorees, Dinner attendees, and all those who have advanced the efforts to find a cure for paralysis.  I vow never to give up until millions worldwide WALK again.  We ARE changing medical history!

 

Nicholas A. Buoniconti
Co-Founder, The Miami Project
Founder, The Buoniconti Fund

 
 
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