CMMRF: Finishing the Year Strong
In the 4th quarter of each year, the Board of Trustees of CMMRF meet and establish a budget for the following year. The budget includes a fundraising goal for the following year. Our fundraising determines the amount of money CMMRF donates to Indiana University for stem cell research. Traditionally, the charity donates over 75% of what it collects to research.
Over the past 3 – 5 years, a large portion of the funds CMMRF has donated has gone into the studying of the use of stem cells in the treatment of Aortic Aneurysm’s. This year the study results have been published. The links are below. CMMRF played a big part in bringing the study to this point. Now that the work is published, it allows Dr. Murphy to apply for larger grants to further the work.
There are many projects close to publication. One is a “bio-pencil” that has been developed by IU. The bio pencil discharges a gel containing stem cells that can be applied more directly to the area of concern. The bio-pencil, about the size of a digital thermometer, replaces an instrument the size of a Volkswagen Beetle. Once perfected, there are 11 VA Medical Centers interested its use.
The fundraising goal for 2022 was set at $500,000. As of the middle of November CMMRF had raised around $425,000. Companions we are so close to reaching our goal. I am asking all our companions to consider donating to CMMRF between now and the end of the year. If you have already made a donation … reconsider if you can do more. $75,000 is not a lot of money when spread over many donations. Small donations combined add up quickly.
Please visit the CMMRF.org website to learn all the different ways you can donate.
Immune Modulation as a Treatment for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (nih.gov)
Abstract 21236: Novel Immune Regulatory Defects Contribute to Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Formation | Circulation (ahajournals.org)
Description of Human AAA by Cytokine and Immune Cell Aberrations Compared to Risk-Factor Matched Controls – PMC (nih.gov)