On May 8, Weyman Johnson, the National MS Society Chairman of the National Board of Directors, provided testimony to Congress in support of embryonic stem cell research.
Weyman lives with MS and is a long time supporter of MS research and embryonic stem cell research. His testimony was particularly powerful on a day when 400 other MS activists were in offices across Capitol Hill influencing public policy decisions.
Weyman's testimony included the following statement:
Embryonic stem cell research remains one of the most promising avenues of research to cure diseases and end suffering. I am not a scientist, but I am an observer of science. And I know that science is a matter that requires some patience. That's why we must not abandon the important work done to date with embryonic stem cell lines. The research must continue. So we can improve the lives of people with chronic diseases and conditions. So we can improve the lives of families for generations to come. For my grandchildren and for yours.
Read more about the hearing and Weyman's complete testimony here.
Stem cell research will likely be a key issue in the next Congress, and the Society will be active in the promotion of legislation to support more funding for stem cell research.