Thursday, May 29, 2014

GSSD and new company

2014 has brought a lot change so far. I am eager to see how the year unfolds. We are executing on a planned strategy and have high hopes. Wish us luck!

Below are updates I would like to share.

Dr. Horton has received funding and does not need GrowingStronger's support right now.  Dr. Wilcox has moved from LA and we are no longer supporting his lab. As a result we have some $$ left over from the initial fund. This is a nice problem to have. Dr. Mackenzie and Dr. Horton supported GrowingStronger in creating a grant that will invite other researchers to submit proposals. With the help of many we created the GSSD (Grant for the Study of Skeletal Dysplasia). See the website for details. With help from Dr. Morrys and others we got a number of submissions. Right now (May 29) we have invited a selected list to submit full proposals. We hope to announce grantees at the LPA board meeting. 

I hope that this initial GSSD process shows promise to the LP community and others jump-in to drive and support the fund. 

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

NIH grant for Dr. Horton

We are very excited to mention that Dr. Horton has got an NIH grant that will help further science related to helping children with dwarfism and others.

See the grant at: 

We helped fund this project to get off the ground with an initial grant. See link below. 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

tool for office hours

I found a very nice tool that allows setting up office hours. I will push for getting online office hours with leading doctors


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Growing Stronger at MAB

We are confirmed to attend the LPA MAB meeting in Washington DC on Sunday June 30 at 4pm EDT.

We will be presenting a donation from Growing Stronger to LPA's MAB and asking MAB to create a grant process for us. I will let update the blog to let you know the results after our meeting.

New fund raising page

New fund raising page.

We are excited to report we are moving to a new online fundraising tool that allows members to create their own fundraising page without us having to get involved. This is very exciting.

We are retiring our old page (still works but not preferred)

and we are moving to:

We hope to see more people raise funds for improving the quality of medical care for little people

Sunday, June 9, 2013

2013 Grants Update

2013 Grants Update

We are pleased to announce that we completed the first full year of support of Dr. Horton's lab and Dr. Jyoti's work. Dr. Jyoti has received a grant based on her research and continues her important research without support from Growing Stronger. We are pleased to mention that we are now providing partial support to a Dr. Greg Lunstrum, research in Dr. Horton's lab. You can see progress from Dr. Horton's lab on their blog on the website (Learn -> Blog -> Dr. Jyoti's blog)

We have some changes to report with Dr. Wilcox's lab. Dr. Pavel has left Cedars in the beginning of April 2013. He is no longer supported by Growing Stronger. We are communicating with Dr. Pavel to evaluate how we can continue to support his important FGFR3 research.  We are working with Dr. Wilcox to finalize our first year support and in the process of evaluating our continued support.