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Lessons on persistence from a father of a child with a very rare disorder who stops at nothing to help his daughter and help others.
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    1) PDF of chapters as they are completed &
    2) Updates from a groundbreaking clinical trial that has just begun at Seaver Autism Center at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC (Rebecca Singer, the author's daughter, has been selected as the first to participate).

    Mice, whose cells were genetically altered to simulate an extremely rare disorder, were given a growth hormone - within two weeks their cells returned to normal! What works with mice doesn't necessarily translate to humans (9 cancers cured in mice have yet to be cured in people) but it's exciting to know that there is hope for our daughter, for the 700+ other individuals affected by Phelan-McDermid Syndrome, and that this research may lead to advances in autism research. And YOU will be on the front line of receiving updates as the clinical trial proceeds

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    Everything for $15 backers plus the complete e-book version. The author welcomes input on the chapters as they are written and will consider making revisions based upon your comments (but don't count on it).

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    Everything for $25 backers plus the paperback version of the book

    (please add $10 for shipping to Canada, or $15 for shipping internationally).

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    A very special Blue Moon reward for the local NJ crowd! Everything for $50 backers plus you and your significant other, your best friend, your mother, a chimp (bring anyone), are invited to the exclusive New Jersey book launch party at the fabulous Blue Moon of Englewood.

    Enjoy a mucho delicioso feast, party with our DJ like it's 1999 (whatever that means), see your friends or meet new ones, meet Jon and talk about the book. You can make fun of him, up close and personal, if he "drives" you crazy too!

    Date of the party will coincide with the publication of Driven which will be towards the end of the year. If you end up having a conflict with the chosen date you will receive a VIP dinner for two at any Blue Moon location.

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    Everything for $50 backers with a signed copy of the paperback, a Skype, Facetime or old school call with the author, and an acknowledgement of your participation in the book.

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    Everything for $200 backers plus an invitation to an exclusive book launch party in the fall at a cool NYC location to be announced, and a personal thank you note from my mom (she never thought I would amount to anything so your participation will make her very proud).

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    Pledge $750 or more About $750

    Everything you have read so far plus 1) you and your guest get Driven on THE RIDE, a super-sized, technologically amped up vehicle that travels the streets of New York. With stadium-style, sideways seating and massive windows, Riders have front row seats to the big city. Talk with the author about Driven while enjoying the sites and sounds of NYC. And then 2) a fireside chat (brick oven fire that is) about Driven with the author at the world famous John's Pizza in Times Square. Finally, 3) downshift into luxurious relaxation for the night at Chambers - one of the best kept secrets in NYC in one of the best locations, just off Fifth Avenue on 56th Street. Chambers is home to momofuku's ma peche and a midtown outpost of christina tosi's bakery, momofuku milk bar. Explore the exciting neighborhood, get pampered, and enjoy a complimentary breakfast at milk bar. Take a few moments while you are there to review one or more stories about being Driven for the E-book and receive a special Contributing Editor acknowledgement of your participation.

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    A very special and exclusive reward (drum roll, please) - everything you have read so far plus a VIP lunch at Nobu New York, the flagship restaurant of Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, partner of restaurateur Drew Nieporent and Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro. Enjoy special selections from the chef, review and give input on final draft of book, and ask one truth or dare question of the author.

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    Everything you have heard so far plus an exclusive behind the scenes look at the making of Driven from Michey. Get the real scoop of what happens when Jon doesn't get six hours of sleep and gets really really cranky and drives her absolutely bonkers. Skype, Facetime or phone call with Michey. This will take a while so set aside plenty of time - she really needs to vent.

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    Everything already mentioned except for the $1,800 reward (sorry, only one lucky person gets to hear Michey's side of the story - c'mon now, how much abuse can a guy take?). For $3,600 you will join Jon and Rebecca for a two-hour walk on a sunny weekend day to hear all the juicy details left out of the book to protect the not so innocent -and mostly to keep Michey from hitting Jon over the head with the book many times after it comes out in hardcover.

    You must agree to sign a confidentiality agreement.

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