Raising awareness for spinal cord injuries
Marc and Nick Buoniconti fight for cure
- Duration 3:45
- Date Sep 24, 2012
Marc and Nick Buoniconti fight for cure
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Stretch out for seven years ago Marc Buoniconti -- paralyzed from the shoulders down when he made this tackle for south Carolina's military college it's the citadel.
Since then he has worked vigorously to say the least with doctors to find a cure to paralysis and tonight.
The -- -- fun is holding his 27 annual great sports legends dinner to help.
Raise awareness joining us right now mark on -- Connie and is less famous but a very good football player father nick by cutting here.
He's L hall of fame middle linebacker for the dolphins welcome back guys thanks it's great to be here well I mean 27 years mark I know -- felt it every step of the way because -- real fight but are you surprised it has been 27 years this has flown by -- you were dragged on.
Really a little bit of both.
As far as research and what we're doing at the Miami project in the breakthroughs that we've.
Been able to attain over the years it seems relatively short period of time but when you're sitting in a wheelchair -- wake up every day.
And it's a struggle it's a challenge.
-- know those years that kind of dragged along but thanks great support.
The guy next to me and community.
You know we do the best we can every day.
You raised by real fighter and a -- really -- with this to get it to read and find out more remark you've been on radio with this too.
Is and they -- big breakthrough this year.
That we know at this this is finally up to 47 years Brian when people thought we were quacks.
Doing the research because we actually told them that we're doing research to find a cure for spinal cord injury.
And doctors all over the world.
Said that's not possible well we didn't believe them.
And 47 years later after researching non human primate who wrote in some pigs.
That we found grace success and in regenerating.
Cells put planting them in the damaged area of their spinal cord.
We were able to get dysfunctional the -- percent of normalcy get so now so now we're ready to go into humans.
And by the end of the year we will have some subjects and we will go into human human.
It sound as Sosa -- -- you could basically be surgeon by now BC transplant human Schwab sells into the nervous system.
But -- for the next person the next person who you can get to and is open to this that'll be the person that they suffer it would could be a paralysis injury.
That'll be the person that gets historic.
That's right this study that was just approved by the FDA just last month is the always study and clinical trial in the entire United States.
For cellular therapy targeting paralysis.
Set that says a lot of the point one of the country that's going on.
So what happens is when you damage your brain and spinal cord those cells and nerves don't repair themselves.
But we have.
The cells that are -- are peripheral nerve system -- arms the legs of a self publish -- so.
That regenerates we take that she wants -- from your own person.
Which is what taught us transplant which really get your own cells are rejection knowing today.
Immune deficiency -- you transplant that into that.
Damage area this from a court and they were -- that bridge that conduit so that the connections can well can can -- it can be made and sensation upon.
-- can be restored and it's always an emotional time at -- dinner tonight especially 27 years.
Among the -- thirteen hundred plus he'll be there among the people that are going to be there Shaquille O'Neal.
Marshall -- Tony Perez Jake -- -- -- Well you know Chela I mean nine and on it just great Bob -- this is the MC.
So it's a great night for us Brian it's a great night we will raise a lot of money.
And we need the money because research is very very expensive actually -- -- walk again.
-- -- And I think it's time -- -- closer you know I told my mom that for sale under his giver hug.
That -- is closer than ever I know and we never looked better nick congratulations and you did a real fighting Stanley thanks so much -- Bryant took your radio and couple out.