Store-A-Tooth is excited to announce the onboarding of Boyd Melson, professional athlete and advocate for spinal cord injury treatment, as a member of its Advisory Board.
Melson is a decorated professional boxer who donates all of the money that he earns in the ring to spinal cord injury research.
His advocacy efforts have been profiled through many media outlets such as the Emmy Award winning HBO series Real Sports, ESPN.com, Sports Illustrated and Yahoo. He is a founder of the organization Team Fight to Walk (http://www.teamfighttowalk.com), which through professional boxers and other athletes raises money for JustADollarPlease (http://www.justadollarplease.org), which supports efforts to bring clinical trials of adult stem cell treatments for spinal cord injury to the United States.
“In the United States alone, where a spinal cord injury occurs every 43 minutes, there are 300,000 people living with the tragic after-effects”, said Melson. “Of those, 40,000 are US Armed Forces Veterans. The exploding field of regenerative medicine holds great promise for the treatment of these injuries. My dearest friend in this world, Christan, who is the inspiration behind my passion for all things relating to spinal cord injury treatment, lives every day with the challenges resulting from a spinal cord injury. I have experienced firsthand, in her case, how adult stem cells can improve the quality of life. I live to help Christan and others like her.”
Boyd continues, “I am really pumped about being an Advisor to Store-A-Tooth, whose mission is to help the world prepare for a future where adult stem cells have changed medicine as we know it. Everyone should be banking their cells.”
Captain Boyd “Rainmaker” Melson of New York City looks to take another step in the right direction when he squares off against solid veteran Gundrick “Sho-Gun” King over eight rounds in the main event of Broadway Boxing Wednesday, December 4 at BB King Blues Club in Time Square.
Melson, 12-1-1 (4 KO’s), was originally slated to face unbeaten Chris Gilbert however, the bout fell apart after an unauthorized representative accepted the bout on his behalf.
A four time US Army Champion, 100% of Melson’s purses, thirteen which went to Justadollarplease.org to help support America’s first trial to cure Chronic Spinal Cord Injuries and the other to help a friend who had a young son with cancer, were donated. In his most recent bout, the 2003 West Point grad outpointed tougher than advertised Jason Thompson for a unanimous decision. That night included 8 rounds of exciting boxing for Melson in front of a standing room only crowd, in which Melson knocked Thompson down in the 8th round. Former NBA power forward/Knicks legend Larry Johnson and Academy Award Winner Cuba Gooding Jr., both fans of Melson, went to the fights that night to support him.
King, who is fighting in the Big Apple for a third time, has a solid 18-10 professional ledger with 11 wins by knockout. The 35-year-old Tuscaloosa, AL native’s battled a number of quality fighters including former world champion Yuri Foreman, title challenger Paul Delgado, world rated junior middleweights Jonathan Gonzalez and Charlie Ota and unbeaten Brad Solomon.
The 28 fight veteran is far more experienced than any of Melson’s prior opponents and is expected to test him.
“He’s got a lot of experience against top fighters,” Melson said of King. “This is the kind of opponent that I’ve got to beat in order to get to that level. I’m expecting King to bring the heat and try to use his experience to overwhelm me. Fortunately, I have a strong amateur background that gave me different but important experience as well. I am already prepared for whatever he has to offer, and I love a good scrap.”
Following the bout, Melson will once again donate his entire fight purse to Justadollarplease.org in support of bringing trials to the United States that could help cure chronic Spinal Cord Injuries. It was recently released in the nationwide media that this clinical trial we are raising funds for to bring here to the U.S. has resulted in 15 out of 20 patients walking enrolled in the study in China who were paralyzed an average of 7 years. Unfortunately, there still is not enough money to carry the trial out in the US but it is estimated that it could start sometime in 2014.
STEM CELLS SAVE LIVES
For decades, doctors have harnessed the unique ability of stem cells to treat leukemia and genetic blood diseases. But now, researchers are discovering that these cells have the power to heal, to fight disease, and to regenerate damaged or aging tissue throughout the body. To fully understand why they hold the potential to change your child’s medical future, get to know more about stem cells.
STEM CELL BASICS
Ordinary cells in your body replicate to make new cells of the same type - blood cells make more blood cells, skin cells make more skins cells and so on. However, there is another type of cell, called a stem cell.
Stem cells are able to repair or replace damaged tissue. This is why scientists and doctors are so excited about the growing role of stem cells to treat disease, injury, and the deterioration of tissue due to aging. Amazingly, after our birth and into adulthood, we keep a store of these stem cells in certain parts of our body.
MESENCHYMAL STEM CELLS
Different types of stem cells exist in different body tissues, and in varying concentrations. One of the most well-understood and widely researched types of stem cells is the mesenchymal stem cell.
Mesenchymal stem cells can form tissues such as bone, nerve, muscle, and blood vessels. They also help body tissue to repair itself, and they play an important role in healing by suppressing inflammation.
Though located in a number of places in the body, mesenchymal stem cells can be found in especially high concentrations in the healthy dental pulp of teeth.
YOUNGER IS BETTER
Over time, even stem cells succumb to the environmental “insults” that age all of our cells. Freezing cells in a youthful state preserves their future ability to generate replacement tissue and heal the body.
All of these attributes make stem cells the cornerstone of the emerging field of treatments and therapies called Regenerative Medicine.
MESENCHYMAL STEM CELLS FROM TEETH HAVE HELPED PARALZYED ANIMALS WALK AGAIN
Diseases and injury to the nervous system affect millions of people of all ages, and scientists are actively exploring the use of stem cells to re-grow or repair nerve tissues and cells (a process known as neuroregeneration).
Today there is no cure for spinal cord injury, a misfortune that can strike at a moment’s notice with devastating effect on the person injured as well as their family.
Researchers have been studying the use of stem cells to treat spinal cord injury for many years. Recently, a research team at Nagoya University in Japan demonstrated that stem cells from teeth – both baby teeth and wisdom teeth – helped heal spinal cord injuries in rats and even restored some ability to walk. Another important finding: the stem cells from teeth worked better than stem cells from bone marrow.
The stem cells sourced from teeth appeared to work in three ways:
- They helped prevent the death of injured nerve cells.
- They helped the injured tissue repair itself.
- They differentiated into new neuro-supporting cells.
To learn more about the study, read the full article published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.
Learn more about Boyd Melson, and why he is an advocate for spinal cord injury treatment.