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Packers great Bart Starr undergoing stem cell treatment

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr is undergoing stem cell treatment in his recovery from multiple strokes suffered last fall, his family said.

The goal is for the Green Bay Packers legend to return to a game at Lambeau Field.

Starr turned 81 in January, and his recovery has been slow.

A statement from the Starr family released through the Packers on Wednesday said he underwent the first of two stem cell treatments in a clinical trial last Friday.

"While we welcome everyone's interest and support of Bart's health, at this time, we'd like to allow him a chance to fully participate in the clinical trial and let the results, if any, to speak for themselves," the family said in the statement. "At an appropriate time in the future, our family looks forward to sharing the details of Bart's participation in this most important clinical exploration of what role stem cells may play in the treatment of stroke.

"Until then, we continue to thank you for all of your love and prayers. Your support has given us much strength over the past nine months. Bart joins me in sending our love and appreciation to all our special friends and fans. We are working hard toward the one goal he most cherishes: a return to Green Bay for a Packers game."