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4.08.2011

Philanthropist Christine E. Lynn Donates $10 Million to The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis

Nick and Marc Buoniconti hosted a dinner on April 7 to honor philanthropist Christine E. Lynn’s $10 million donation to name the Christine E. Lynn Human Clinical Trials Initiative at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. The contribution matches the largest gift ever given to The Miami Project at the Miller School.

The gift will fund research that is in the translational phase and being readied for clinic by undergoing the rigorous FDA approval process. Currently, Miami Project researchers are in the process of seeking FDA approval for the first ever Phase 1 clinical trial involving Schwann cell transplantation. These funds will go a long way in moving this important research forward and laying the groundwork for future clinical trials.

“I have supported The Miami Project and The Buoniconti Fund for many years, and it gives me great pride and pleasure to be a part of this most wonderful cause,” Lynn said. “I know how close they are to finding a cure for paralysis and I believe that when you have talent and support, miracles can happen. It gives me great satisfaction to name the Christine E. Lynn Human Clinical Trials Initiative at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.”

Helping those less fortunate is nothing new to Lynn. Her name has long been synonymous with outstanding generosity and humanity in the world of philanthropy. She has dedicated her entire life to improving the health, education and welfare of people in South Florida and around the world.

“Christine has spent a lifetime helping others and giving to others in need,” said Miami Project co-founder Nick Buoniconti. “She personifies the philanthropic spirit and has been a true friend to the Buonicontis, The Miami Project, and the entire spinal cord injured community, and for that we are eternally grateful.”

Over the years, she has contributed more than $15 million, making her the largest individual donor in the history of The Miami Project.

“Mrs. Lynn is like an angel who was sent to The Miami Project,” said Marc Buoniconti. “She has stood by our side for so many years, and continues to help us take the critical steps needed to help us change the lives for millions around the world suffering from spinal cord injuries.”

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