A friend sent me this video, which has been entered in the 2012 Neuro Film Festival. The American Academy of Neurology Foundation sponsors the event to raise awareness about brain disorders, and to encourage support for research into preventive treatments and cures. The line dance to the tune of “Jingle Bells” at the end is terrific!
For more about the film festival, check their website. The 2012 contest is still open for submissions, so get out your camera.
A Poignant Plea: “Hope and a Clinical Trial To Halt MS”
Intrigued by this contest, I checked out some of the videos that won last year. I found the one (below) especially effective in calling for greater funding.
But first some background. Dave Bexfield went through an experimental NIH-sponsored clinical trial (HALT-MS) for his aggressive multiple sclerosis: a bone marrow stem cell transplant designed to stop disease progression. The consent form he signed warned that the odds of death were 1 in 20. Despite repeated insurance denials, Dave pressed forward. The risky, potentially groundbreaking treatment in March 2010 required over a month of testing, three weeks in the hospital, and intensive rehabilitation. Bexfield also runs http://www.activemsers.org/, a nonprofit website designed to help, motivate, and inspire people with MS to stay as active as possible—physically, intellectually, and socially—regardless of physical limitations.
Here’s the video:
I searched for more info about Dave and found a site he updated in August, 2011: About Dave