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We're back -- that's -- after the seventh this in studio it's our annual interview and I look forward to it every year.
-- -- Connie is here he's the serves as president for both Miami Project to Cure Paralysis in the -- Connie fund to cure paralysis the following Twitter and help him out.
And a lot of Connie fun to -- this is his big dinner tonight the 28 annual great sports legends dinner to benefit about a -- -- the Miami project.
Legends are this guiding Terry Bradshaw.
James Worthy of the lakers Dave Winfield of the blue jays yankees and Padres -- -- -- mr.
personality legendary golfer John Johnson Gary Stevens and -- to brown.
Injuries -- -- go back to a guy.
Named Jim Kelly Mark White like Jim Kelly why does he -- perfect with your organization.
Well it starts way back because Jim and I have gone back -- him.
To the University of Miami days and -- him as a as it's a fan first of all.
But none of hurricanes when you know hurricanes.
And this is just right after.
My dad retired and Jerry was playing -- and of course ours number in the whole crew.
Was -- coaching over at -- you.
I started getting more involved of that and and and knowing some of the people -- was Jim was hanging out with and then following his career.
Since then and and when when my father always told me is when he surround yourself with winners.
You become a winner.
And communities he's just a great guy and has always been a friend.
So when -- We came up with the inspiration award and about -- fund a war which he RD.
Was presented a few years ago.
You know -- name.
The -- -- the cream rise to the top Brian.
And so Jim is a great guy -- what he's done with his family and and his foundation and and everything to help us and our cost secure process.
It's it's it's an easy decision right inspiration -- from multiple things this year you're diagnosed with cancer Jim.
As a legendary Buffalo Bills quarterback in Houston gambler quarterback with the USFL and memories and -- -- I've ever that it was it was -- there really toward which we do you want wears it better.
With -- NFL actually have a real.
I have a real run of this.
But also with your son hunter here you are you you make the transition at a football -- broadcast he did awesome -- And then we start hearing about hunter who was born with.
-- -- disease which is which is terminal yet.
-- -- and didn't.
-- doesn't -- thing about December -- the end of fell 96 I think -- didn't announce my retirement January of on 97 and four months into his life and he was born on Valentine's Day which is my birthday also so.
I have assigned it you know father's old tree -- one on the back yards tossing footballs -- -- -- -- -- all these -- and -- Bob forsee was diagnosed with -- look at dystrophy and oddly -- was pretty much take your son home him away from to pass away and for the first year and a half because you are precisely fourteen months off.
Where every morning we'd wake up.
Is us today exists today.
While he's the toughest boy government he -- -- and half years in.
I know he's with a good -- -- look and -- on us but what we don't with our foundation and make long story short.
I just about.
Rocking Washington DC -- last week and we're trying to make sure to date continued to universe newborn screening so when you have a child every state this country's different on Hamid disease and -- for so we want to make sure that we give these kids a chance to dream like I was it would do and what you are doing in Euro.
Know what to do as.
When you have a child.
Days Charles born in any Jewish children need -- -- spot place and a plus spun off to -- But unfortunately in this country every state is different on -- disease and test more -- -- was born in New York.
They were tested for eleven -- you had Mississippi 45 Illinois 54.
And then -- -- white Fonda to thousands and thousands of babies die every year in this country because -- born wrong state we knew we had to do something.
Now the State of New York is almost up to fifty -- travel to but ten states across this country.
Tried to make sure that they raise to number Chris when you find -- that many babies are dying.
That's something that's been done in debt and on this one and god bless our country I understand -- we need to send billions and billions of dollars overseas.
But we have -- -- ready here and all the countries that were not taking care.
We knew we can save babies' -- Frazier United States by implement -- 5560.
Treatable disease screenings.
We need to do it why do -- -- taken Jim Kelly -- to -- to every state one by one and you don't shake hands it just -- I don't have to do that.
If I have to do which I -- due -- duke and -- -- for nonstop and but to every state in this country test for Max -- treatable diseases.
Keep these kids a chance to dream like I was able to do his little boy and we're not don't you bring that up today and stage I don't know I don't have much time alone often I don't think so what -- -- I know yeah -- -- -- -- -- I got there well I think his -- I'm passionate and like more -- his passionate about the Miami project.
Are passive but hunter's hope and my organization what we do because.
We could have easily just focus on my son's disease.
But we didn't we want to make sure it every -- -- gets -- chance and -- not get their chance and if we just.
Would -- for 12 of taking care of our own greater our own back -- And don't get me wrong I don't people be mad that were sent him money to other countries I -- we have to do that.
But save some for our -- something that's a no brainer and our backyard big government is still does not get it.
You understand right and heard the -- -- -- follow this when your son was alive to use using that opportunity with -- -- the attention.
To get that out in -- market terms of I've had a chance to interview a bit of fox up fifteen years -- -- feel like most of those years.
But I've never seen you as excited as you felt that I've noticed over the last two years what's going on.
Well I think it's stars because.
25 years of -- search.
Is finally paying off.
The investment that are donors had put in our time.
The money the scientific review.
To a point where we're -- where the FDA we finally got approval from the FDA.
To do human cell transplants.
Where the only sending the United States it's doing so human cellular transplants and -- brain and spinal cord injury.
-- -- in the country left so what happens -- you take a purple nerve.
A real quickly publish -- cell.
These cells regenerate.
Heard about you heard about -- before -- as a our -- so if you from.
So I understand the Miley is -- in a way as the MS progresses -- Iso moves power cord injury you damages nerves of myelin dies as well.
So we have to not only replaced the mile and we also have to replace some the cells Jewish -- cells do that.
They regenerate and there -- money so we transplants those into the spinal cord.
We had the damage or injury so basically taken cells from your peripheral nervous system and inject him and your central and urgent.
Have you got to the point we're at it we have got to believe -- -- human being -- is still got to that person know regarding transmitted to humans.
Okay we have permission to do six more people.
Which were hoping to do.
Later on this year -- -- -- -- next year.
And once we do that -- -- doing that working with the FDA to do now chronic injury.
These first six are we call sub acute they've been injured three days after their injured Gotti is -- -- a -- the first.
Was -- we got approved by the FDA but this second round.
We're going for chronic injury people have been injured at least a year including myself and -- we're very comfortable in the laboratory but we have shown.
That doesn't matter where they have an acute injury or chronic injury like mine.
The cells behave.
Very well and actually -- sensational win would just throw -- two would would the results.
So from year from -- Williams from the two guys you put it right so this is safety trial.
Which means word testing to see these cells.
Are safe they don't they don't -- tumors.
There that toxic.
Very small -- us what we've -- -- we've shown so far no problems at all.
And as we increase the number of subject we'll be increasing the dose.
To a therapeutic dose which is -- ten times amounts are getting now well poetry and -- those higher levels that's for -- respect.
We're gonna see return of function and sensation.
Well the Miami project out of work for people -- -- that's correct yeah and then in the legends dinners tonight however took a little football.
Jim the people we go when you go to these dinners give an idea of when people this is packed.
What do people experience when -- go.
While number one is the passionate she's just -- dollar mark talks but and just they understand yet you don't you have fun you enjoy yourself the -- -- rub elbows with some of the other guys that are that are -- The passionate mark and his -- house to make sure they make a difference that's -- to exempt for 25 years -- -- -- -- -- doesn't Waldorf.
I have some body's going to show up but.
It's it's -- to understand warriors their number one number two is Tbilisi some of the talk Brian Williams is going to be on the emcee tonight so.
I'm excited I always -- once seen nick and of course.
The way I talked to mark we talked back and -- we've been buzz you guys talk a little darker.
We have the best of the chart that's what that's is a button or my Big Brother.
You know bombing but -- not only -- noted that's that's a part of being able to have fun and you see what they're doing news CDO com.
As as -- Hussein before they've started to implement it because hunter had Marlon she'd been that was James with him too so.
On the year goes are we enjoy ourselves a raise a lot of money and you had your whole upper to a rebuilt this year right when they -- you -- answer -- says they did -- -- remove pretty much my whole upper left side -- my jaw and Tony negativity you know still pretty pretty sore it is it's hard to eat now I can't bite and any sandwiches rule carjacked and I'm not very patient person -- -- -- -- I I don't I lost twenty pounds which I guess is good I can think of other ways -- -- But I'm I'm not a patient person wants it to -- -- now and still in pain.
Aren't -- some Pena bit its affect to my other -- -- already had four -- and thousand you have three more but you know it is when there isn't.
I would that are Pro Football Hall of Fame this year and guys were saying why you guys -- you don't need to -- -- -- -- got 73 year old was.
I'm doing better and there's been some reporters -- -- for me I know that's what's helping you might -- -- Thank god no no chemo radiation.
I have to do to follow ups every two months to a year and just hope -- not -- combined monkey see his spirits up.
If it's you know what he does from my -- I hope I can.
At least OO to.
You know I airlines I -- yes he's always good news is.
Continue doing what he's going to be what he's done for -- again to inspire people and children and the united beat Kerry but we care everybody you know -- -- each -- that's what it's about we we all rely on each other Brian in the -- -- the day.
You know we we -- -- Gain inspiration off.
Of others and then I would argue that you guys are that sports is doing good you know work from day one you have been -- played tennis and golf.
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