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‘Mission to Lars’ screening benefits Fragile X research

By From page A3 | August 01, 2012

The UC Davis MIND Institute will screen a documentary film, “Mission to Lars,” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, featuring one of its researchers, Randi Hagerman. The film revolves around the journey of Tom Spicer, who has Fragile X, a type of autism, and his family’s quest to make his one burning desire come true — meeting his favorite musician, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich.

The screening is free, but donations will be accepted at the door, with gratitude. Hagerman, director of the MIND Institute’s Fragile X Program, and Kate Spicer, Tom’s brother, co-star and the film’s producer, will speak before the documentary is screened.

The event will take place in the MIND Institute Auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. It is organized by genetics graduate student Johnathon D. Anderson to benefit research at the MIND Institute’s Fragile X Program. To RSVP, email [email protected].

Checks may be made payable to UC Regents, with “MIND Fragile X Program” on the memo line, and donated at the door. To view a trailer for the film, visit http://missiontolars.com.

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