If fans of the Green Bay Packers get their wish, their stars will align just right and their Hall of Fame quarterback, who recently returned from a second round of stem cell treatments in Tijuana, Mexico, will make a triumphant return to historic Lambeau Field on Thanksgiving Day.
Cherry Starr says her husband, Bart, 81, who led the Packers to five National Football League championships and was the named Most Valuable Player in Super Bowls I and II, is all but certain to be on the field to see another former Packers star, Brett Favre, have his No. 4 jersey retired during a ceremony at halftime of the upcoming game against the Chicago Bears.
It’s the kind of heroics that legends like Bart Starr, have been known for. The latest tale begins back in 2014, following two strokes, when he could barely walk. With nothing to lose, he sought medical tourism options in Tijuana for experimental stem cell treatments that have yet to be approved for use in the United States. Starr’s particular clinical trial — injections through his spine – involved the bone marrow of a young adult and the neural cells from brain tissue derived from a legally donated fetus in the United States.
“I know there’s a lot of controversy about it, but I’m comfortable with it,” Cheryl Starr told USA Today. “Bart and I lost a first child at 4½ months that we were expecting. If I could have contributed to someone’s health with donating my fetus, I would have gladly done it. It would really make me happy to know I was helping someone.”