As chairman of Patriot Voices, I am committed to working with organizations, causes and candidates who share in our mission of promoting faith, family, freedom and opportunity. Throughout the coming weeks and months, I'll be sharing with you efforts where I believe we must offer our support.
And I'm excited to announce today the first of such efforts.
At a news conference this morning in Coralville, IA, I was pleased to join Give Cures -- The John Paul II Stem Cell Research Institute as their national spokesperson. This organization was founded to focus on alternative stem cell research that respects the dignity of every human life. The Institute conducts only ethical adult (not embryonic) stem cell research and focuses on "therapeutic research" to finding cures and therapies for people with rare diseases, cancer and Alzheimer's. Give Cures connects people, patients, and partners to the life-saving and ethical adult stem cell research of the Institute.
Today was the official launch of a new Give Cures campaign that will raise funds for research, outreach, education and donor matching. In addition, there are plans to open a cord blood bank to help patients who need a stem cell match. With the support of Give Cures, mothers will be able to donate their newborn's cord blood that may provide a life-saving stem cell match. Cord blood is not embryonic and provides an ethical approach to stem cell science.
I hope you'll take a moment to learn more about Give Cures - The John Paul II Stem Cell Research Institute. They are a fantastic organization and you can help us spread the word.
During the next month, we're asking you to do two things: One, download a Give Cures flyer and share it with your friends and family, and even more important - place it in your church bulletin. Two, become a founding donor (although a donation in any amount is appreciated). We've set a goal of 1000 churches and 1000 founders by August 15th. With your help, I know we'll reach these goals!
I am pleased to be a part of the Give Cures team as we strive to find treatments with innovative research that uses cutting-edge, disease-specific adult stem cells. Simply put, the mission of Give Cures is to find cures while giving value to the dignity of every life.