“Our family has been extremely blessed by having the opportunity for Ryan to receive adult stem cell treatments. They have given him more strength, balance, endurance and an overall better physical wellbeing. - Ryan's mother, Sandra Renard
Wichita, KS (PRWEB) September 09, 2014
Twenty-eight year-old Ryan Benton has lived with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy his entire life. In 2009, he was fortunate enough to begin receiving adult stem cell treatments at the Stem Cell Institute in Panama City, Panama. These treatments have had a dramatic impact on Ryan by increasing his muscle strength, enhancing his sense of well being and improving his overall outlook on life.
After receiving his first stem cell treatments, Ryan, along with his siblings Lauren and Blake, recognized that very few people knew much about adult stem cell therapy. So together, they founded Coming Together for a Cure (CTFAC) as a means to raise awareness and funds. Their ultimate goal is to afford others the same opportunity that Ryan has been fortunate enough to receive.
“Our family has been extremely blessed by having the opportunity for Ryan to receive adult stem cell treatments. The treatments have given him more strength, balance, endurance and an overall better physical wellbeing. By having this opportunity we hope to share awareness of adult stem cell therapy so that other families can benefit from this advancement in medicine as we have,” said Sandra Renard, Ryan’s mother.
The annual Coming Together for a Cure benefit has grown tremendously over the years. At this year’s 6th annual event on Saturday September 13th, CTFAC is anticipating its largest crowd ever, of up to 1,000 attendees.
The venue, known as “The Farm”, is located at 5820 N. Ridge Rd. Wichita, KS 67205. Doors open to the general public at 6:00pm. Starting at 6:30, guests will be treated to live music and entertainment from classic rock, bluegrass and country music bands. Music from Kansas native and current Nashville recording artists, Jared Daniels Band starts at 8:30. Refreshments, concessions, adult beverages and food trucks will also be on hand.
Over the past five years the annual Coming Together for a Cure benefit has raised nearly $60,000. Money raised at each CTFAC event is donated to the Aidan Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by renowned stem cell scientist, Neil Riordan, PhD. The Aidan Foundation has funded Ryan’s treatments since 2009 and continues to provide ongoing funding.
Ryan’s father George Benton said, “Ryan's stem cell treatment has truly become a dream come true. This dream was made possible by our wonderful friends and family who have generously given their talents, their love, and their financial support to Ryan in his quest for a cure. This effort proves that together, we can do anything.”
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About the Aidan Foundation
The foundation is currently focusing on the treatment of unmet medical needs using adult stem cells. In particular, the foundation is funding treatments for Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy using mesenchymal stem cells derived from umbilical cord tissue.
The Aidan Foundation has been granted official tax-exempt status (section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code) from the United States Internal Revenue Service. Your donations to the Aidan Foundation are tax-deductible in the U.S. to the extent permitted by law.
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