By Teresa Conrick
I have written about the BHARE Foundation , for a few years now as I have been helping them raise money for research https://authors.library.caltech.edu/95952/. I am a huge fan! I just went car to car again last Saturday to raise money for Dr. Naviaux .
It was a rainy day so many people were nice and generous, as they saw how motivated our group was to raise money for research. I keep getting more and more 20 dollar bills over the years as it sure seems people are concerned about autism, and more and more are asking, “Why are so many more kids affected?” Individual folks also shared with me that their sister, brother, cousin, niece, nephew, students, or neighbor was diagnosed with autism. From Bram, who is dad to Brenen, and heads BHARE:
The goal for Saturday was $2,500 and we raised $2,632.
The proposal from Dr Naviaux is for $75,000 That would pay for the metabolic portion of the SAT 2 study, Suramin Autism Treatment …...
Dr Naviaux believes people with autism are stuck in a “fight or flight” mode and he calls this theory the cell danger response (CDR) theory. By administering the drug Suramin, he hopes to bring the test subjects back to the “rest and digest” stage that allows for healing and neurodevelopmental growth. We currently have approximately $45,000 allocated for the study thus we still need to raise almost $30,000.
Friends of AOA - I am a firm believer that this study is critical. For all ages, it is a hopeful and significant line of research that MUST continue. Megan is 26 and helping her feel and function better is always my hope. Please consider donating via BHARE as it will add your money into this dedicated study. We need more studies to find treatments that are going to help both children and adults . This is one of them!
My thanks to Dr. Naviaux and his team for their dedication and perseverance.