Advancing stem cell therapy to help those battling Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and other rare diseases

Current Focus

Watch: (Sizzle Reel) of our Feature documentary

The best way to understand our full story, goals, and the drive behind our mission. We are mid-production on a feature-length documentary focused on:

  • Ryan’s story of being a pioneer patient for stem cell therapy and how it has allowed him to continue his passion as a musician, inspiring thousands globally who are in similar situations.
  • Stories of families worldwide CTFAC has helped in their fight to access stem cell therapy and our work with the healthcare industry to advance clinical trials.
  • Highlighting the impact stem cell therapy can have on transforming our broken healthcare system for those with rare diseases and beyond.

We’re still raising funds to finish the project. All donations will be matched until it’s finished.

What we do

We advocate, create community, and partner with others to advance support for stem cell therapy

Who We Are

Our founder is the first person with DMD to be successfully treated with stem cell therapy

Take Action

Join our mission to support bringing this life-changing therapy to more people in need

Our Success with Stem Cell therapy

In 2008, our founder, Ryan Benton was 22 years old and reaching a critical stage in the progression of his terminal disease, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. With no viable treatment option available, we placed our last hope in Dr. Riordan’s offer to treat Ryan with Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy.  

Fortunately, the treatments worked, allowing him to produce dystrophin and reverse the progression of his disease for the first time ever. This made Ryan the first person with DMD to be successfully treated with stem cell therapy, paving the way for others. 

After 14 years and over 100 treatments later, CTFAC has helped give families around the world hope they can finally believe in!

Our recent 12th annual Concert in the Country was so special as Ryan’s band took the stage and brought his dreams to life!

Our global impact

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Connecting with nearly 500 families across the globe

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Helping over 150 families access treatments

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Launching Clinical trial(s) across the world

We are based in Wichita, KansaS but we have created a worldwide community that has shared commonalities centered around one thing. Hope.

the success of stem cell therapy inspires a larger community

Ryan’s success story with stem cell therapy sparked other people with rare, incurable diseases to reach out for accessible treatments. Thus, we have a responsibility to help advance research and guide more families like our own to this life-changing therapy.

Meet Steve and Vanessa Gunther, DMD parents with multiple years of experience with stem cell therapy.

Meet Jacqueline Wood, parent of a boy with Cerebral Palsy and mild spastic autism, who has many years of experience with stem cell therapy

We invite you to reach out with any questions or concerns you may have regarding stem cells, Ryan’s story, Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy, etc. Our goal is to help spread the word by sharing Ryan’s story and have the opportunity to share and connect you with any resources.

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We relate

33 years navigating the challenges our community is facing…we are committed to help make your voice heard.

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We’re experienced

Overcoming challenges by building solutions for the past 14 years.

We connect

We have built strong relationships and resources specifically designed to help you begin your journey to an improved quality of life through stem cell therapy.

Dr. Neil Riordan

Ryan’s parents were childhood friends with Dr. Neil Riordan, who is a world renowned stem cell researcher. Dr. Riordan reached out to our family expressing his hope that stem cells could improve Ryan’s regressions from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. His research has given us more time with Ryan than we could have ever imagined.

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Give the Gift of Hope Today

For as little as $10/month, you can help make a difference in the lives of children across the globe. Your support helps raise awareness and support for those in need of adult stem cell therapy.