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Jaclyn's Story

This is 5 year old Jaclyn. She loves to play piano and writing music. Unfortunately, Jaclyn suffers from Parkinson's disease. This disease effects the central nervous system, including the brain and spinal cord, and controls your body's movements. Parkinson's disease causes her to mess up when she is playing piano and makes her very upset. Jaclyn wishes that there was a cure for her disease so she could play piano and write music without losing control of her own body.

What is a Stem Cell? Where do they come from? How can they help?

Stem cells are unspecialized cells that different cells are made from. There are two types of stem cells, embryonic and adult. Embryonic stem cells are found in the embryo and are pluripotent, meaning they can develop into almost any of the body's cell types. Adult stem cells are groups of cells that renew and replace themselves in the human body. They're also multipotent, meaning they can develop into many types of differentiated cells. Stem cells have the ability to develop into any of the cells in a human body which may help cure diseases such as diabetes.

Sponsored by: Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey is an extremely wealthy woman. She is very generous when it comes to donating to charities and has agreed to help researchers find a cure for many diseases.