Lou Gehrig's Disease - Motor Neuron Disease - Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Thought it had been cured by now? Still no known cause. Still no cure. Still quickly fatal. Still outrageous.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Meet Two Jimmy Clarks

Meet Jimmy Clark

Yesterday at the Indy 500 they celebrated the 50th anniversary of Jimmy Clark's victory with a pre-race lap of his beautiful winning car.  Jimmy Clark was special.  We called him "The Flying Scotsman." He wasn't flashy.  He was just fast. He looked more like an accountant than a race car driver, but he could drive. He used new technology to chase his dreams of winning.  He assumed risk with eyes wide open and he achieved great success in all kinds of racing.  We applauded his many victories and mourned when we lost this great talent and gentleman in a racing accident in 1968.

Meet Jimmy Clark

In March at the first Rally for Faster Drug Approval I met another Jimmy Clark.  He is special, too.  He is loved by his family and loves life.  He also has ALS.  That puts a bad wrench in things.  All he asks is that he be allowed to assume some risk with eyes wide open so that he might chase his dreams, too.  He wants to be allowed to take risks that are minuscule compared to those that are taken every weekend by those who participate in auto racing.  He wants to advance technology and science just as race car drivers are allowed to do.  He also wants to live for a family that is far more important than a race or a trophy.  This gentleman simply wants us to let him try an unproven, investigational drug with a good safety profile.

Why not, I ask.  Why not?  Where are our priorities?

1 comment:

  1. And Jimmy should have that chance. Along with every other person living with a terminal disease. The FDA should get out of the way and give people that chance. But with the FDA it's all politics, no heart, no compassion. So it's up to us the break the walls down that stand between life and death. And we will.