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Gloria and Emilio Estefan, along with Miami Project Co-Founders Nick and Marc Buoniconti, announced a $1 million gift to help establish a human clinical trials program at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

“Having experienced paralysis firsthand, sixteen years ago, I feel especially fortunate to have had a positive outcome despite a very negative prognosis. I vowed that I would do whatever was in my power to assist those already on their way to finding a cure. I urge anyone that is in a position to help, to join us in taking on this challenge knowing that we are closer than ever to a cure,'” noted Mrs. Estefan.

“Gloria knows firsthand the devastation of paralysis and has been a true believer and friend of our cause since the beginning,” said Miami Project President and Founder, Dr. Barth A. Green.

The gift is earmarked to fund cutting edge human clinical trials at research center and will fast-track promising Miami Project findings to help hasten a cure for paralysis. Recent breakthroughs in paralysis research at The Miami Project suggest that clinical trials are on the horizon and this gift will position researchers to move quickly to human trials as additional promising research is discovered.

March 31, 2006

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