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The Cure : How a Father Raised $100 Million--And Bucked the Medical Establishment--In a Quest to Save His Children

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"Amazing....Explores human courage under the most trying circumstances." --New York Post "An inspirational story about business, medical science, and one father's refusal to give up hope." --Boston Globe The book that inspired the movie, Extraordinary Measures, starring Harrison Ford, Brendan Fraser, and Keri Russell, The Cure by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Geeta Anand is the remarkable true story of one father's determination to find a cure for his terminally sick children even if it meant he had to build a business from scratch to do so. At once a riveting story of the birth of an enterprise--ala Tracy Kidder's The Soul of a New Machine--and a inspiring tale of the indomitable human spirit in the vein of Erin Brockovich and A Civil Action, The Cure is a testament to ingenuity, unflagging will, and unconquerable love.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 341 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 28mm | 381.02g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 006073440X
  • 9780060734404
  • 632,976

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The riveting true story of John and Aileen Crowley's race to find a cure for Pompe disease that inspired the movie Extraordinary Measures

With three beautiful children, a new house, and financial security, John and Aileen Crowley were on top of the world--until their two youngest children, fifteen-month-old Megan and five-month-old Patrick, were diagnosed with Pompe disease and given only months to live. Refusing to accept a death sentence, John quit his financial consultant job and invested his life savings in a biotechnology start-up to research the disease and find a cure. Battling scientific setbacks, conflict of interest accusations, and business troubles, John and Aileen would be tested to their limits as they valiantly fought, and succeeded, in finding revolutionary new treatment for the disease--offering hope to Megan, Patrick, and the many children and families affected by Pompe disease around the world.

The inspiration for the captivating film Extraordinary Measures, starring Brendan Fraser and Harrison Ford, The Cure is a remarkable true story of cutting-edge science, business acumen and daring, and one family's indomitable spirit.
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"Inspiring." -- -Rutland Herald
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