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First U.K. Stem Cell Awareness Rally to Take Place in Manchester, England on August 9th, 2009
Date:7/29/2009

MANCHESTER, England, July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- In what will be the Stem Cell Awareness Association's (http://www.stemcellaware.com) seventh awareness rally, past patients, interested physicians, and prospective patients will meet in Manchester to learn about stem cell technologies and discuss the various current treatments available throughout the world.

Stem cell advocate Darren Clarke is organizing the Manchester event. Mr. Clarke became involved in stem cell advocacy early in his daughter, Dakota's, life. At three years old, Dakota became the first child from Britain and Ireland to be treated for septo-optic dysplasia (SOD) in China. She was born blind but began to regain her vision just weeks into her stem cell treatment. Her parents have been passionate stem cell advocates ever since.

Darren said, "I felt that western medical opinion directed people away from the treatments available to people with problems like Dakota's. It's my aim to let people see that there is an option out there. If I can spread the news that it works and that there is hope, then all the effort will be worthwhile."

To read more about Dakota Clarke, details can be found on Dakota's website (http://www.babydakota.org).

Peter Conry, a Dublin pharmacist and pharmaceutical industry veteran interested in stem cell technology, will be speaking at the event about how his work and travel throughout Asia transformed him from being a medically trained skeptic to informed stem cell advocate. Peter states, "I visited stem cell treatment facilities and spoke at length with patients and staff. I came away convinced I'd witnessed the start of a significant medical advance."


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