In this role, Mr. Van Dyke will work with Cell Therapy Foundation, a public charity founded in 2007, to advance awareness about the benefits of adult stem cell research for new treatments for debilitating conditions such as heart disease, peripheral artery disease (PAD), arthritis, Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) and neurological illnesses, cancer, diabetes, erectile dysfunction, and more.
Mr. Van Dyke is scheduled to record a series of public service announcements focused on educating the public that adult stem cells, which come from bone marrow, fat, umbilical cord blood and placenta, skin, muscle, and other sources, have healing functions that are leading to new therapies for many diseases. An avid graphic artist and animation hobbyist, Mr. Van Dyke will also participate in the development of an animation film project that will visually explain the repair functionality of adult stem cells in a fun and creative way.
“I am truly impressed by the potential that adult stem cell research has already shown and am hopeful that by getting the message to more people, we can fund additional research that could positively impact thousands of lives around the world,” said Mr. Van Dyke.
“We are delighted and honored to welcome Dick Van Dyke to Cell Therapy Foundation as our first celebrity spokesperson,” said Brent Clifton, president of Cell Therapy Foundation. “Communication is the key to increasing awareness about the healing potential of adult stem cells and funding the research needed to move treatment forward. Involving Mr. Van Dyke in our messaging will dramatically help Cell Therapy Foundation reach people of all age groups, all around the world.”