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June 12, 2011

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June 12, 2011

For seventeen years I have watched Doctor Scolaro and his amazing group of scientists work toward ending the AIDS pandemic. The scientists involved have completely committed their lives to this end. Most recently they have been working on a treatment that attacks the HIV reservoirs, stopping the disease before it can spread. Success here could really mean an end to AIDS. This dedicated group has been working continually over this period, regardless of whether or not there was proper funding. The cost /benefit ratio of this group is like no other I have ever seen. There is virtually no overhead with every dollar going into actual research. The money they require to take the next steps through human clinical trials are extremely small when compared to the promise which they offer. I look forward to the end of this terrible disease in my lifetime and I believe that Let There Be Hope will very possibly be the organization that is finally able to achieve this goal.

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I have personally witnessed the complete commitment of everyone involved in this group for the last seventeen years. A most remarkable group of people. Complete integrity.

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At this point LTBH most needs a benefactor to fund the next several phases

June 12, 2011

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June 12, 2011

I am so honored to be acquainted with Let There Be Hope, it is an extraordinarily unique organization with deep roots in the medical community and also committed to the groups for which it serves, and supports. It has much more good work to do and I hope you will join me in spreading the word of Let There Be Hope.

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By spending time discussing and understanding the work with the founder of LTBH.

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Do what I can to help them grow and get the word out.

June 12, 2011

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June 12, 2011

I began working in HIV in 1986 when there were no medications available to treat this virus. Today we have many medications to treat HIV and patients can taking their medications can expect to be able to live a normal and productive life.

However only 1 out of 5 patients has reached this
success in the US. Many resource poor nations cannot afford these life saving medications. A baby is infected every minute of every day. There have been 35 million deaths and 75 million infections. We need a cure and a vaccine.

Let There Be Hope is an organization dedicate to the research that needs to be continued in HIV. Their leadership is creative, experienced and dedicate. As we have learned many lessons over the years fighting HIV, the success of their work will have the potential to impact many other disease states as well.

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I have personally seen the scientists working in the labratory, collaborating with physicians in practice and reviewed publication of the success of their findings.

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Expand the research team.

June 11, 2011

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June 11, 2011

Michael Scolaro's dedication to combating the HIV virus has never flagged. His commitment to finding a cure has not diminished in the 25 years I have known him. Indeed, with the inception of Let There Be Hope, his quest has embraced ever more-promising leads. This is an organization of impressive creativity with keen, realistic leadership.

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Following its incessant scanning of the scientific literature for promising avenues of intervention in the diseases of HIV and cancer.

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and I am trying to publicize its value as a research organization with pragmatic protocols which promise great yields for public health.

June 11, 2011

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June 11, 2011

I have known and respected Dr. Michael Scolaro as teacher, mentor and role model since my social work intership days in a community mental health center, when I was a graduate student at U.S.C.
I was a staff member in the late 1990s at his HIV/AIDS medical clinic and a board member for Let
There Be Hope. I found in Dr. Scolaro a person of the greatest integrity and humanity with unique and unusual diagnostic abilities and a passion to help people with AIDS. His research work to find a "cure" for HIV/AIDS has been consistent and evolving. With respected colleagues, Scolaro has moved ahead on the quest. It has been his lifetime career. I am 73 now and have known Michael for 40 years. He is unusually bright and very special. I would support his work in any way I can, and suggest you do the same. Maxine Borowsky Junge, Ph.D., LCSW, ATR-BC, HLM

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See above.

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There are no changes I would recommend. Dr. Michael Scolaro is one of the great men of the 20th-21st centuries.

June 11, 2011

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June 11, 2011

I have worked with Doc Scolaro and understand his passion. This is indeed a cause that should concern us all. HIV/Aids is not selective. We should all be concerned and supportive. This foundation could ultimately be the one lifeline that may help you or a loved one in securing a cure.

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I have known Doc and the dedicated scientist working to find a cure.

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Make it more visible and educate as many people in its' worthy cause.

June 11, 2011

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June 11, 2011

I have had HIV for over twenty-seven years, and maybe longer than that. And back in the early nineties, when I had given up on therapies, and I had my partner was dying, I went to Let There Be Hope in a last ditch effort to keep us both alive. Mark had already been sent home from the hospital, having exhausted conventional medical attention, and was expected to live only a month to six weeks. I was in much better shape, having never had an opportunistic infection, but my T-cells were dangerously low.

Dr. Scolaro used the resources of Let There Be Hope to find an alternative therapy developed in Russia to help keep my partner alive for almost another years. With me, he applied to mix and match the different HIV medicines, some of which had only just been approved, insisting that the virus was probably mutating to fast for any one or two prescribed therapies to do the job of lower HIV to acceptable levels.

This therapeutic approach, known now as "the cocktail," is the recognized treatment for AIDS around the world; at the time, it was controversial. But Dr. Scolaro's insistence on keeping voluminous scientific records covering his clinical applications helped prove to other doctors that Let There Be Hope was saving lives, and led many others to follow his example.

Let There Be Hope's efforts did not stop with treatment; we have always been looking for a cure. And a way to rebuild the immune system. The thought behind this search was that whatever we discovered through research could be applied, perhaps, to other viruses (which are presently much harder to restrain than bacteria). For example, we know the thymus plays a critical role in maintaining the immune system, and that HIV attacks it, so why not consider thymus transplants? We worked very hard on this and lots and lots of other ideas, many of which could still have applications today.

Let There Be Hope specialized in salvage cases, and expanded its reach to include other "incurable" illnesses, which, in reality, are only sicknesses for which we have yet to find a cure. Some of these maladies, like Parkinsons, are only poorly understood. Sometimes, even today, patients are largely left to shift for themselves. Let There Be Hope has always put a great emphasis on explaining to patients everything that can be known about their individual diseases, and helping them obtain something more than comfort.

Patients were not charged by Let There Be Hope for anything. One hundred percent of Let There Be Hope's budget went to care and research.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization by remaining alive and regaining the vitality that allows me to work fourteen hour days as an executive producer in television. If I had listened to the established medical community's suggestions during the period of most intense crisis, I would be dead. Let There Be Hope allowed me to apply for experimental medications and helped me devise therapies that saved my life.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would make it far larger, give it larger facilities and publicize and expand its mission.

June 11, 2011

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June 11, 2011

This is a great organization trying desperately to save lives. i have been involved with LTBH and DR Scolaro for at least fifteen years, and they are the largest reason why my dearest friend is winning the fight with HIV.

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i see the results of LTBH every time i get to share another day with friends who are living a health and happy life do to the hard work of Dr Scolaro and LTBH.

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June 8, 2011

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June 8, 2011

Dr. Michael Scolaro is a man of vision and passion. He has taken a career in cutting edge medicine and research and continues on his quest to erradicate the resevoirs of HIV that modern medicine still has yet to reach. The current treatment is suppression, thus slowing progression of this pandenmic disease. LetThereBeHope is working on methods to complete erradicate the virus completely, giving a new life to those that are affected by this condition. I fully applaud Dr. Scolaro and his organization and have faith that he will achieve his goal of changing history with this fascinating research.

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Their dedication to their Mission and the compassion of which Dr. Michael Scolaro treats each and every person that has ever been in his care.

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I would not make any changes, I feel every dollar I have ever donated has gone towards a vaulable and worthwhile cause.

June 4, 2011

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June 4, 2011

I have known the Executive Director of Let There Be Hope Medical Research for over 40 years. During that time, Michael Scolaro's dedication to finding a cure for HIV has been a personal crusade in which he has enlisted the help of talented medical professionals and committed citizens. He has been tireless in following leads and inaugurating research. Nothing has had a higher priority in his life.
While detail-oriented, his goal is the grand one of all medical research--the elimination of disease and the improvement of life's quality.
Sincerely,
Harry Hughes

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Seeing how an idea grows into viable plans of action and results.

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...Increase its research funding and, therefore, its potential to eliminate HIV and to better understand mechanisms behind cancer.

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