Who We Are
Alexander, Michael & Raphaele December 1997
This foundation was created by Raphaele and Michael Horwin, parents of Alexander Horwin. Alexander was born on June 7, 1996. He was administered the oral polio vaccine in November 1997. On August 10, 1998, Alexander was diagnosed with a malignant brain cancer, medulloblastoma. Alexander died on January 31, 1999.
Four independent laboratories (Baylor College of Medicine, University of Chicago, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Temple University) used DNA testing (Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)) or laser micro-dissection to test Alexander’s tumor for the presence of SV40. Every lab found that the tumor tissue contained the virus.
In addition, Alexander’s cord blood was saved and stored by a private laboratory. The cord blood was the blood shared by Alexander and his mother at the time of Alexander’s birth. This blood was tested for SV40 using PCR. It did not contain SV40.
Alexander’s parents were tested for SV40 by two independent laboratories (Baylor College of Medicine, University of Wales) using a number of PCR tests. All tests demonstrated that the parents did not carry the virus.
A website in memory of Alexander is available at: www.ouralexander.org
Raphaele Horwin, M.A., M.F.S. holds two master’s degrees; one in International Relations and one in Forensic Science. Both she and her husband testified in front of the United States Congress on June 7, 2000 in hearings entitled Cancer Care for the New Millennium.
Michael Horwin, M.A., J.D. is a magna cum laude law school graduate and recipient of the 2002 National Scribes Award for his article “War on Cancer – Why Does the FDA Deny Access to Alternative Cancer Treatments?” Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Horwin was a Disease Management Specialist and hospital consultant at major academic medical centers throughout the United States.