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Marjorie Bekaert Thomas
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Children's Health Channel
Reported November 7, 2012

Never Too Young! Curing Themselves, Curing Millions


Sabrina Cohen:
After enduring a severe spinal cord injury at the age of 14 due to a car accident, Sabrina Cohen has been confined to a wheelchair ever since. Despite early challenges, she was determined to never let her injury get the best of her. Upon discovering the world of stem cell research, Sabrina decided to establish her own foundation known as the Sabrina Cohen Foundation for Stem Cell Research, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building a global network of top scientists and clinicians in the field of regenerative medicine, while simultaneously funding cutting-edge research and innovative therapies that will reverse paralysis and effectively treat other impairments of the central nervous system. As a motivational speaker and spokesperson, Sabrina has been featured on NBC, FOX, CBS, ABC, CNN Headline News, Good Morning America, Deco Drive, NPR, Jim Defede Show, WebMD Magazine (nominated a 2009 American Health Hero), The Miami Herald, Sun-Sentinel and the Wall Street Journal. (Source:
Samantha Ulmer:
Huntington’s is a hereditary disorder in which nerve cells in certain parts of the brain waste away causing physical, mental and emotional destruction. It tends to hit people in their prime – their 30s and 40s. About 1 in 10,000 people are affected. Samantha Ulmer, a medical student at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, knows she may be carrying the defective gene that causes the disease since her grandmother had Huntington’s and died from it. Ulmer has decided not to get tested to find out if she has the gene. Instead, the New Jersey native is using her growing medical knowledge and social media skills to enhance the support network for patients in Central Florida. Ulmer says she wants to help make others understand how devastating the disease can be to those who have it, their families and friends. Someday, she hopes Huntington’s is as recognized as Alzheimer’s, which hopefully will put the disease on the fast track for a viable treatment and cure. (Source:
The Sabrina Cohen Foundation for Stem Cell Research 
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