Lerner feels like “raising money for this isn’t blind drops in a bucket. We’re really close to doing something concrete.” Lerner said that researchers are very close to producing a drug that produces the protein (SMN-2) missing in bodies of those with SMA. “I’ve met the people doing the research and I’ve seen what they’re going to be using it for. I know how much of difference it can make for so many people,” he explained.
Anyone who wants to vote for the Gwendolyn Strong Foundation should go to the GSF voting page. First become a “fan” and then cast your vote. It takes 30 seconds, doesn’t cost anything, and you’ll know you’re doing something good for a lot people. Fans can also help out by spreading the word, both about the competition and to raise awareness of the disease in any way they can: Twitter, Facebook, word of mouth. “What’s nice about this project is that no one has to ask for money — just a couple of clicks and a vote. My request is just for everyone to spread the word in whatever way they can for the next day.” [The competition ends at 11:59 p.m. Friday night, January 22.]
Of course I could not let Lerner get off the phone without asking him if he can tell me anything about what’s in store for the series. He and Russel Friend have written the episode coming up February 1 (“Moving the Chains”), which guest stars Orlando Jones as Foreman’s brother. “We’re currently working on the season finale,” he told me. “We also co-wrote the episode with Peter Blake and Eli Attie filming now — the one that Hugh Laurie’s directing.” It’s episode 17, guest starring David Strathairn in what Lerner promised would be “an incredible episode.”
The next episode of House (“Remorse”) airs Monday, January 25 at 8 p.m. ET. Good luck to Hugh Laurie who’s nominated in the Best Actor category for a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) award. The SAG awards air Saturday night on TNT 8 p.m. ET.