Have you ever met a superhero? What was their special power? Have you ever met a Cord Blood Superhero? As luck would have it, we know several! And they have amazing powers! Plus, we know where you can find them! They have been very busy recently fighting over 80+ diseases including sickle cell, lymphoma, and leukemia at various events throughout the State of Arizona including Arizona Stem Adventure and the JDRF One Walk to name a few.
At these particular events, the main topic of conversation was the growing Arizona Public Cord Blood Program which has just recently celebrated nearly 30 cord blood transplants! That is nearly 30 lives saved thanks to this amazing initiative begun in 2014 by the State of Arizona and in partnership with key hospitals like Tucson Medical Center, Dignity Health at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Maricopa Integrated Health Services, and ABRAZOS HEALTH (formerly Phoenix Baptist Hospital). We are also proud to say that Tucson Medical Center just collected their 1,000th cord blood donation — a major milestone for them and the state-run program.
Cord blood donation is a new concept for many people. A simple brochure does not always suffice. While helpful as an introduction, it can create more questions ultimately. Our team of superheroes has been on the ground talking with parents, college students and even elementary aged students to introduce them first-hand to the concept of cord blood preservation and why it is important. We discuss numerous examples of how cord blood is currently used to treat a variety of diseases and, in particular, we highlight the need for cord blood donations to treat blood cancers. This is where the Arizona Public Cord Blood Program comes in and helps to provide an easy solution to those families who wish to donate their child’s cord blood.
Our superheroes know that it is not enough to just speak with doctors and nurses. We must educate the whole community and push for social change across generations if we hope to make cord blood preservation a standard of care for all expectant mothers. Mothers and their families need to understand why this decision is important and potentially life-saving. Today’s youth are already key in players in the movement as they begin to learn about cellular therapies and regenerative medicine in school.
At the JDRF ONE WALK (site), our team spoke with walk participants and spectators about the latest research developments using cord blood to treat/prevent Type 1 Diabetes. At the JDRF ONE WALK an emphasis was placed on the importance of cord blood donation for treating those in need and the fact that there is great demand for cord blood donors of minority ethnic backgrounds.
#T1DLooksLikeMe (JDRF ONE Walk in Arizona)
At the Arizona Stem Adventure, our team spoke with over 900 kids about the Arizona Public Cord Blood Program and what a wonderful gift this was for a parent to donate their child’s cord blood at birth. Students learned about the different diseases that can be treated with cord blood and also learned about some of the science behind this amazing field of medicine. This future generation of scientists and parents already recognize that cord blood is a valuable medical resource. These young minds will not only become our next generation of donors but they will drive the movement forward through conversations with their friends and family–our next generation of superheroes.
Let’s talk about the human body and cord blood! Bryanne Washington introducing tomorrow’s scientists and mothers to the wonders of cord blood and why it should not be thrown away.
Superheroes Bryanne Wadington and Helen Marie Looney presenting the Arizona Public Cord Blood poster (Arizona Stem Adventure)
Following these two major events at Arizona Stem Adventure and JDRF ONE WALK, we would like to thank our superheroes at Save the Cord Foundation for their on-going efforts to fight for social change, encouraging families everywhere to think twice before throwing away cord blood, reaching out to medical professionals to make them aware of existing programs such as the Arizona Public Cord Blood Program, pushing for other states to follow Arizona’s lead. . . . Your efforts are making a difference everyday. We are proud to have you on our team.
Give life twice. Save the cord!
Did you spot our Save the Cord Superheroes at another event recently?
It’s quite possible. Unlike traditional superheroes, we like to be seen and love talking with people about our cause.
Save the Cord Foundation at the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association Conference
Save the Cord Foundation at the Student Nurses Association in Phoenix
Save the Cord Foundation at Discovery Days Bay Area Science Cord Blood Education
To learn more about the Arizona Public Cord Blood Program, please click here.
Donate your child’s cord blood to through the Arizona Public Cord Blood Program.