We are fundraising £1,000,000 with all proceeds going towards taking GDNF forward to further investigation!
I am Darren Calder. I was one of 6 who tested the safety of the delivery system used for the Parkinson's GDNF Phase 2 clinical trial.
This allowed 36 more incredibly brave participants, to take part in this medical trial which involved ground breaking brain surgery in order to insert a unique delivery system which would infuse the GDNF protein directly to affected dying brain cells.
Despite the primary trial findings being disappointing, there is no doubt in the participants minds or in-fact the surgeon, Professor Steve Gill, or indeed that of Alan Whone the chief investigating officer, that this protein does have restorative brain cell capability and the participants are determined to prove this by raising funds to assist in bringing this powerful protein to a Phase 3 trial where the learnings can be further investigated.
More than 4 Million is required just to kickstart this Phase 3 trial and while Tom’s Charity The Cure Parkinson’s Trust and Parkinsons UK are throwing their weight behind it, we wanted to tap in to the resources of normal people out there who may have a family member or a friend suffering this dreadful disease.
6-8 Million world wide suffer with Parkinson's right now,
150,000 of those in the UK alone, with 2 people being diagnosed every hour. One in 37 people will be diagnosed with PD during their lifetime. It is painful to watch the suffering of loved ones, let alone those that are struggling to cope with this debilitating and cruel disease.
“The Parkinson’s Trial - A Miracle Cure?” BBC 2 two - part documentary, lifted the lid on the Phase 2 trial and it astounds me that we can not still view this documentary but our website now shares much of the GDNF journey so I hope you have enjoyed viewing it.
I ask of each and every one of you who have taken the time to read this page to donate a £1. We are reaching out and desperately need your help. I can guarantee every last penny donated will go in to the hands of the Phase 3 trial coordinators.
If for any reason our fundraising fails, the money you have donated will go to Funding Neuro who are also supporting the use of the delivery system for treating brain tumours in children so that chemotherapy can be delivered direct to site.