Posted by Linda Della, a resident of another community, on Oct 8, 2008 at 1:41 pm
I don't know Mr Lokey, but I was so moved his recent $75 million donation that I had to find a way to send him my gratitude and thanks. And thus I am writing it here.
My husband died of ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease this year. He was only 62. Sadly, my husband's father also died of ALS in 2002. And my husband's grandfather died of ALS in the 1950s. Many people don't know ALS is hereditary in about 10% of its victims. But regardless of whether it is sporadic or hereditary, it is a horrible, terminal disease.
Stem cell research is the only hope for people facing this disease. Although scientists have been studying ALS since the 1930s, there is still not a single treatment or cure. Mr Lokey's donation to the Standford Medical Center for stem cell research goes beyond the definition of a gift. It defines life itself.
Especially for families like mine, who now face an uncertain future. Will this horrible disease present itself again in our son? Or can some breakthough in medical research give us hope? Thank you Mr. Lokey. What else can I say.