Diane Winokur sworn in and will be the recipient of 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award
Francisco, California. (January 16, 2013) —
|Diane Winokur being sworn in to
the ICOC by Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom
|Diane Winokur and along with Fred Fisher,
Senator Art Torres and Lt Governor Newsom
In a small ceremony, surrounded by friends and supporters, Golden West Chapter Board Member Diane Winokur has been sworn in by
California 's Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom for her first
term as a patient advocate for ALS and MS on the Independent Citizens Oversight
Committee, the governing body of the state’s stem cell agency, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM).
"Diane Winokur is an inspiring
individual. Her personal losses to ALS are unimaginable," said Lt.
Governor Newsom. "Her contributions to the families touched by Lou
Gehrig's disease, as well as to the scientific community dedicated to finding
treatments and a cure, are invaluable. Both ALS and MS are complex disorders
and she will be a tremendous asset in moving research forward through her work
at the ICOC of CIRM."
“I want to acknowledge Diane for
her tireless advocacy to the ALS community," said Senator Art Torres
(Ret), Vice Chair of the ICOC. "I have known her for many years and know what
she has gone through personally with this disease. What she has done and
continues to do is remarkable and an inspiration to us all."
CIRM was established through the passage of
Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, to make
grants and provide loans for stem cell research, research facilities and other
vital research opportunities including the recent award of 18
million dollars to Cedars-Sinai Regenerative Medicine Institute to develop treatments
for people with ALS. You can learn
more about Diane’s appointment and contributions to the ALS community in our special article and by listening to this recent radio interview. The Golden West Chapter extends our heartfelt
gratitude to Lieutenant Governor Newsom for this deserving appointment.
Diane will receive the Golden West
Chapter's Essey Award for Lifetime Achievement on Friday, April 26 at
Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco for our 2013
"All that Jazz" Gala It will be
a remarkable evening dedicated to conquering Lou Gehrig's disease and to
celebrating the launch of the new Winokur Family Research Initiative, a joint
program of The ALS Association and the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research
at Johns Hopkins. For more information about this event, please contact Giovanna D'Angelo, Director of Special
Events at (818)-865-8067
or at firstname.lastname@example.org.