This is sickening - getting a paralyzed 19-year-old to donate a trust fund of $200,000 (planned for a house) for Keirstead's embryonic stem cell research. This is so unethical. By promising to cure someone and then accepting their donation, Keirstead is the stem cell research community's version of Benny Hinn.
Keirstead also repeats the claim (next year we'll be treating spinal cord patients with embryonic stem cells) he and his corporate partner Geron have been making for years.
Scientists at UC-Irvine received $7.9 million from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine in March of 2007 for embryonic stem cell research. So even with corporate backing and access to loads of tax dollars, Keirstead is still trying to sucker people into believing he needs private citizens to donate or else he won't be able to get people out of wheelchairs.