New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 12, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
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promise in curing devastat- a therapy is ready to test in ing diseases.) people.
Preliminary research The reality, scientists-say,
shows it may be possible to is that any such experiment turn embryonic stem cells would be years away, into insulin-producing pan- Still, “we’ve got our pass-
creatic cells, perhaps within ports ready,” said Jenkins. Jamie’s lifetime. Limited federal research will
“We don’t know this is help but, Tm not putting a going to be the cure,” Lyn ton of credence into what’s Crozier Langbein acknowl- going to happen in this edges. “But there’s no way country.... I can be ready in of knowing unless they’re a day to fly anywhere in the allowed to proceed with the world. We’ve got nothing to research. It’s very disheart- lose.”
ening when I think there is But Mrs. Jenkins broke
a possible cure and it’s not into tears Thursday night being pursued aggressively.” watching Bush’s televised -stem cell announcement.
Each morning, John E. Why? She painstakingly Jenkins places his 51-year- says: “Hope.”
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wheelchair, brushes her long In Cotati, Calif., Ann
brown hair and puts on her Campbell and Greg Wasson makeup. “She’s a very beau- try to keep a sense of humor tiful woman and she likes about the Parkinson’s dis-to look beautiful,” he says. ease afflicting the couple.
Then he cuts her break- Within an hour of her morn-fast into tiny bites to feed ing dose, Campbell’s med-her. “On a good day, it takes ication unstiffens her mus-45 minutes; on a bad day, des, but a side effect is sudan hour and a half.” den jerking limbs. Wasson’s
The Hendersonville, N.C., drugs sometimes suddenly woman has Lou Gehrig’s dis- wears off, leaving him ease, also called amyotroph- almost motionless. ic lateral sclerosis or ALS. “I don’t get too close to her
The progressive neurologic when she’s cooking, and I disease gradually paralyzes serve as a coat rack when patients until they cannot I’m off,” Wasson jokes, swallow or breathe. It start-ed with a limp in 1991.
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“Ithink its very disheartening when I think there is a possible cure and its not being pursued aggressively. ” — Lyn Crozier Langbein mother of a diabetic
The pair were diagnosed with Parkinson’s six years ago, at unusually early ages — 36 for her, 43 for him. They met through an Internet patient chat. They’ve watched each other’s disease slowly worsen.
And then they heard scientists had made neurons from embryonic stem cells, including a mouse experiment where the cells made a chemical crucial to curing Parkinson’s.
Ifs a long way from a mouse to a man. But Wasson says Bush’s decision “has opened the door”to research that within IO years could let him play softball again.
Campbell, however, worries that by limiting federal research, Bush has added time to the experiments. “Time is not neutral for us. Time is critical.”
Three areas— Northwoods, Southbank and Hunters Creek— retained attorneys to help understand annexation.
Zech said other residents have threatened to sue the city during public hearings.
Mayor Stoney Williams said people who wish to speak about annexation will have no more than 30 minutes to do so.
Tile first items on Monday’s annexation agenda are ordinances approving areas that have petitioned to be voluntarily annexed.
The Roselea House Tract, Whispering Valley Subdivision, Unit I, New Braunfels Ranch Estates and North Ranch Estates and JCG Tennis Inc. all requested voluntary annexation.
City Council started annexation proceedings earlier this year. About 8.5 square miles of land— and several thousand homes— are considered for annexation.
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