“Our group at Summit4StemCell (has) been regularly attending the CIRM meetings for the past 18 months. Out of respect for Jeanne Loring PhD, we have typically shown up in ‘silent solidarity’ but this meeting was different and many of us had an opportunity to speak publicly about our project, our progress and our desperate need for funding.
“The outpouring on Thursday (July 23) was spontaneous and unexpected. We at Summit feel strongly that we communicate with all board members that our presence at any of the CIRM board meeting is not orchestrated by Jeanne Loring, Dr. Melissa Houser (of the Scripps Clinic) or anyone from the Loring lab.
“We are a passionate group of dedicated Californians that believe strongly in the probability of success of this research using pluripotent stem cell technology. Dr. Loring has always counseled respect and brevity. We believe she would prefer that we be the face of the issue and not the strident voice.
“When confronted with the possibility that there could be no help (or hope) for over a year, the need to speak and be heard was overwhelming. We sincerely believe that you and the board heard us and will do all you can to find an exception or some way to help.”