Next Generation Cord Blood:  Student Industry Network Event at University of Arizona

Next Generation Cord Blood: Student Industry Network Event at University of Arizona

At the University of Arizona, Save the Cord Foundation spoke with the Next Generation of professionals in bioscience and future parents during the Student Industry Network Event organized by BIOSA/BIO5.

Our message was clear at the BIOSA/BIO5 Student Industry Network Event held on the University of Arizona campus where we spoke with undergraduates, graduates and post-doc students.  At Save the Cord Foundation, we believe in the future. Namely, we believe in the power of the #NEXTGENERATION to make cord blood preservation the standard of care in hospitals everywhere.  Our hope is that one day, when you are expecting a baby, that during your pregnancy the doctor or nurse will sit down with you and ask. . .

“Would you like to donate or privately store your baby’s cord blood? We can do either. If you do nothing, please understand that this valuable resource will be thrown away as medical waste. It is your choice and we support your choice.”

We are a long way from that day. Today, most hospitals do not have access to a cord blood donation program. In other hospitals, parents can be overwhelmed with advertising from family cord blood banks. Parents seek unbiased answers desperately.  Unfortunately, they rarely find them.

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Save the Cord Foundation at the BIOSA/BIO5 Student Industry Network Event on the University of Arizona Campus

We discussed these issues with many of the students at the Student Industry Network Event. We discussed the need for educated cord blood professionals. We discussed the exciting cord blood research that is happening not only in Arizona but worldwide. Many were intrigued by our recent discussions with Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg who is exploring how cord blood could potentially be used to treat things like cerebral palsy and traumatic brain injury.

We invited the students to get involved immediately in the cord blood movement by joining us at the upcoming 2016 Arizona Cord Blood Conference: Lifeline to the Future where Dr. Kurtzberg and other cord blood experts will be speaking.

Many students were also excited to learn about the successful Arizona Public Cord Blood Program which currently collects public cord blood donations in four Arizona hospitals.  The program has already had over 30 cord blood units to go to transplant and promises to continue to grow. The students at University of Arizona were not only intrigued by the program but expressed interest immediately in telling loved ones who were expecting a baby about their options to either donate or privately save their baby’s cord blood.

Give life twice. Save the Cord.

Learn more about the BIOSA/BIO5 Student Industry Network Event, visit the official site.

 


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Next Generation:  Middle School Science Fair Welcomes Information on Cord Blood

Next Generation: Middle School Science Fair Welcomes Information on Cord Blood

Save the Cord Foundation was recently welcomed by students and teachers at the Sonoran Trails Middle School Science Fair in Phoenix, Arizona.

An enthusiastic crowd at the Sonoran Trails Middle School Science Fair welcomed information on cord blood from Save the Cord Foundation.

Our team visited Sonoran Trails to speak to this #NEXTGENERATION of men and women about the life-saving benefits of cord blood.  We provided information on how cord blood is currently used and introduced them to some of the exciting research in this field.

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Students at Sonoran Trails Middle School Science Fair 2016 learn about cord blood with Save the Cord Foundation.

Cord blood is used to treat over eighty diseases currently including many blood cancers.  Save the Cord has brought you numerous stories about individuals who have been helped by cord blood, such as:

These are incredible stories that the students at Sonoran Trails Middle School Science Fair connected with right away. Immediately, they began to connect the dots between the need to save cord blood and the many ways it could be used. As always, one of the first questions these students of the next generation ask. . . “Why do we throw it away?”

The answer is complicated but we do our best to answer.  Most often it is thrown away because of lack of awareness and because the process to cryogenically preserve cord blood is expensive. We explain that there are public cord blood banks like the popular Arizona Public Cord Blood Program.  We discuss how the industry is changing so rapidly with the development of hybrid cord blood banks and private banks (or family cord blood banks).  We also explain that there some private banks that help families in need (typically these programs are for those parents who can’t afford private banking but need it so that the cord blood can be used to treat a member of their family).

We explain that our mission at Save the Cord Foundation is to educate parents and the medical community about cord blood.  We hope that one day it will be standard practice for hospitals to discuss cord preservation options with parents.
Our day at the Sonoran Trails Middle School Science Fair was exhausting but thrilling! We left the school feeling so encouraged by these bright minds and their excellent questions. These students are the movers and shakers of tomorrow. Many of them surely went home after our visit and told their parents about what had they learned.

Do you know what the first question was to their parents that evening?

“Mom, Dad. . . did you save my cord blood?”

Good question.
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Save the Cord Foundation wishes to thank the administration and staff at Sonoran Trails Middle School (visit site) for making this event possible. Go Stingers!


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Cord Blood Interns: Educating the #NextGeneration!

Cord Blood Interns: Educating the #NextGeneration!

Every year, Save the Cord Foundation is honored to welcome new cord blood interns.  They come from a variety of backgrounds and often a variety of countries!  Nonetheless, they always join the STCF family with enthusiasm and curiosity.

These young minds are superheroes to us. They help us with the day to day running of the Foundation. They actively participate in cord blood awareness events. They help us by bringing new ideas to the table and supporting on-going programs like #NextGeneration: Cord Blood.

The group photo above features some of cord blood interns for 2016. These cord blood interns or rather I should say “SUPERHEROES” recently joined us at various events in Arizona, notably at the University of Arizona, to educate the next generation of young men and women on cord blood, it’s life-saving qualities, options for preservation and, of course, the Arizona Public Cord Blood Program.

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.

Let’s talk about the human body and cord blood! Introducing tomorrow’s scientists and parents to the wonders of cord blood and why it should not be thrown away.

We are proud to call these fine people colleagues and members of the cord blood movement!

Thank you everyone and we look forward to an exciting year ahead!


Would you like to be a cord blood intern at Save the Cord Foundation?

Feel free to contact us with your CV or resume.

Meanwhile, educate yourself so that you are ready to roll as a cord blood intern!  We will give you more information and training when you join the team but it is always a good idea to know some of the basics.

Finally, get involved! Follow us on social media and share your favorite posts. See our links at the top of this page.

 

 

Nathan Mumford: Proof We Can Beat Cancer with Cord Blood (Part 1: #WeCanICan Series)

Nathan Mumford: Proof We Can Beat Cancer with Cord Blood (Part 1: #WeCanICan Series)

Part 1 in our on-going series “#WeCanICan: Beat Cancer with Cord Blood” (in association with World Cancer Day)

Cancer picked the wrong guy when it chose Nathan Mumford ! A 3-time cancer survivor and cord blood transplant recipient, Nathan is living proof that we can beat cancer with cord blood (#WeCanICan).

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#WeCanICan: Beat Cancer with Cord Blood

At Save the Cord Foundation, you often hear us talking about the wonders of cord blood and the fact that it is used to treat 80+ diseases. You have seen us refer to wonderful public cord blood donation programs around the world and family banks that are pushing research in amazing ways to potentially treat cerebral palsy, hearing loss, traumatic brain injury, autism. . . . Yet, so often, these factoids and news announcements just become words—words without meaning.

Nathan Mumford’s story will change all of that.

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Nathan Mumford, 3 time cancer survivor and cord blood transplant recipient.

We would like to introduce you to an amazing individual whose life story is nothing short of incredible. Nathan is from Cleveland Heights, Ohio. In 1988, at the age of 8, his life changed forever. He was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease and so began a lifetime struggle with various forms of cancer. At the time, doctors told his parents that Nathan had a 40% chance of survival if he underwent chemotherapy. So, he did.

This was the first time anyone in Nathan’s family had ever had to deal with cancer. It was a new world filled with numerous challenges and questions for Nathan and his family. Finally, when Nathan reached the 6th grade, doctors gave him and his family the good news. He had won the fight against Hodgkin’s. Nathan could focus on being a kid, going to school and starting life. He and his family were elated.

Then, in 2004, Nathan again became sick at the age of twenty-four, just after finishing his studies at Morehouse College in Atlanta. Doctors diagnosed him with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia and the outlook was not encouraging. Unfortunately, his doctors explained that he had 0% chance of surviving and that traditional treatments wouldn’t help. But, Nathan fought anyway.

He was in the hospital for six months hoping to find a bone marrow donor. No donor could be found. His oncologist, Dr. Mary Laughlin , suggested that he should consider participating in a clinical trial being run at the time which used cord blood to treat leukemia. The study was being run in collaboration with Dr. Pablo Rubenstein from the National Cord Blood Program. She explained that even though there had been several proven successes that it was considered experimental at the time.

Nathan seized the opportunity and never looked back. He received a single cord blood transplant and in 2006 his doctors declared him cancer-free!

WHY WOULD A DOCTOR CHOOSE CORD BLOOD OVER BONE MARROW?
Today, cord blood transplants are no longer considered experimental and they are routinely performed in patients suffering from blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma. Cord blood is recognized as viable treatment for 80+ diseases.

A FEW FACTS:

-Cord blood stem cells have broader match criteria than those required for bone marrow donors. Unlike bone marrow, cord blood is readily available when needed, if collected and banked.

-Harvesting stem cells from bone marrow requires a surgical procedure. Cord blood stem cells are readily obtained from the umbilicus and placenta at the time of delivery and cryogenically stored for future use by the donor, family member, or an unknown recipient.

-Cord blood has a broader match potential than bone marrow, which means that the patient and donor do not have to be a “perfect match.”

-Cord blood stem cells are more resistant to infection, have fewer side effects after the transplant and require fewer transplant drugs than bone marrow stem cells.

-Studies suggest that cord blood may also have a better ability to generate blood cells than bone marrow given that there are nearly 10 times as many blood producing cells in cord blood.

For Nathan, the cord blood transplant was successful and his participation in this important clinical trial would help pave the way for others suffering from blood cancers worldwide. While the transplant seemed to be working and Nathan’s family was overjoyed on the progress he was making, Nathan’s mother, who had been battling cancer herself, lost her battle with Breast Cancer. A year and a half after his mother died, Nathan’s older brother and best friend, Daymon Mumford, was tragically shot in the chest and died.  Needless to say, Nathan found himself facing a whole new set of challenges given the loss of his mother and brother.

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Nathan (sitting on his mother’s lap) and his family.

Nathan’s tenacity for life has been nothing short of miraculous. His will-power and his family’s continued selfless dedication combined with his doctor’s foresight to tap into cord blood’s unique healing properties literally saved him. He is with us today thanks to a cord blood transplant.

Yet, Nathan’s story does not end there. He went on to marry in 2013 and a year later received more bad news from his doctors. He was diagnosed with colon cancer. This was very different from the previous battles with cancer. This cancer was most likely a secondary disease caused by the long term use of chemotherapy previously. This time, Nathan and his doctors agreed that he was stronger and could fight the cancer using traditional methods. Nathan spent most of 2014 fighting the colon cancer. He won and attributes much of his success to the loving support of his wife and family.

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Nathan Mumford (post cord blood transplant) and his wife, Camille

Nathan now refers this third battle with cancer as his “3-Peat.” We are happy to call him a 3-Peat cancer survivor!

It is impossible to learn of Nathan’s story without getting to know Nathan himself. His experiences with cancer have given him a unique perspective on life and the world. His participation in the clinical trial using cord blood to treat leukemia allowed him to see first-hand how advances in medicine happen. His faith and strong sense of family has allowed him to persevere throughout each of these bouts with cancer. He knows he is blessed but he remains humble. His priority now is to help others suffering from cancer to stay on track with treatments and focus on life’s joys.

Nathan recently commented that he wants to “Give back to the cancer community in any way I can; and to allow cancer patients and their loved ones to benefit from my experiences. I attempt to share my battle with cancer, my mother’s loss to breast cancer, and the recent passing of my brother, Daymon, as vehicles to inspire others.”

He recently launched a new chapter in his life. He founded the KEM Foundation, inspired and named after his mother, Karen E. Mumford, who cared for him so dearly during his first two battles with cancer.

The foundation is based in Cleveland, Ohio and focuses on helping cancer patients find the support they need to get through treatments while still enjoying life. Some of the group’s most successful programs include:

  • Karen Cares: Provide a day of pampering to groups of women afflicted with cancer.
  • Healthy Spaces: Creates healthy living spaces for cancer patients from The Cleveland Clinic, Metro Hospitals, and University Hospitals to encourage them through their recovery.
  • From the Heart: An annual event of holiday giving, support and love focused primarily on helping children who suffer from cancer and blood disorders in the Cleveland & NYC area’s.

Nathan Mumford is living proof that we must never accept the odds but stay focused on the goal and persevere. He is living proof that cord blood saves lives and is key to the battle against cancer.

He is an inspiration to us and we know that he will be an inspiration to you, too.

Thank you, Nathan, for all that you do and thank you for sharing your story with Save the Cord Foundation.


Learn more about the KEM Foundation here.

 

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Learn more about our on-going series “# WeCanICan : Beat Cancer with Cord Blood” and register to be a part of our Parents community.  We are committed to cord blood education for parents and the medical community worldwide. Show your support by sharing this information with others, especially expectant parents.

 

CBA Announces Zika Virus Guidelines

CBA Announces Zika Virus Guidelines

February 12th, 2016

UPDATE: The Cord Blood Association (CBA) has issued interim guidelines on Zika virus screening during the cord blood collection process.

We are sharing these guidelines here so that members of our Professional Community at Save the Cord Foundation can stay on top of this developing situation.

To view the CBA guidelines, please follow this link:

http://www.cb-association.org/cord-blood-association-issues-guidelines-for-zika-virus-screening 

We will update this post as more information on the Zika virus is made available.

 


 

 

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GUEST POST: Giving Hope to Indian Children with Thalassemia

GUEST POST: Giving Hope to Indian Children with Thalassemia

“Jeevan Blood Bank:  Giving Hope to Indian Children with Thalassemia”:  Guest post written by Dr. Saranya Narayan MD, Cofounder and Medical Director of Jeevan Blood Bank and Research Center
Dr. Saranya Narayan, Jeevan Blood Bank & Research Center

Dr. Saranya Narayan, Jeevan Blood Bank & Research Center

Save the Cord Foundation invited Dr. Saranya Narayan from Jeevan Blood Bank and Research Center to tell us about their growing public cord blood bank and how Jeevan Blood Bank is giving hope to Indian children with Thalassemia while maintaining internationally recognized standards of quality in collection and processing. 

Jeevan Blood Bank and Research Centre (Jeevan) started functioning on Sept 24th 1995, with the objective of making available the safest blood components on demand to patients in Chennai, India. There was a need that was felt very keenly which led to this decision.

Being a community blood bank in an era when voluntary blood donation was little understood, we faced a big challenge. Where did we hope to find truly altruistic and unrelated blood donors in this vast metropolis of Chennai? But find we did, steadily and surely. Over the last 20 years we have collected 135,692 voluntary donations and made available 301,610 units of the safest blood components.

In a few years, Jeevan started setting benchmarks in quality standards and came to be recognised as one of the leading blood banks in the country. Donor and recipient safety have always been of prime importance and the screening of donated units has always been more than the recommended mandatory testing requirements in India. In 1999, Jeevan was certified to ISO standards and in 2009, Jeevan became the state’s first independent blood bank to be accredited to 15189 standards in South of India, reinforcing our commitment to quality.

In 2005, once again, realising the disease burden we have in this country of Thalassemics (Thalassemia affects around 10,000 children born every year) and about 120,000 people being identified with haematological malignancies every year, the absence of a source for haematopietic stem cells was a major pain point.

What is Thalassemia?
“Thalassemia is an inherited (i.e., passed from parents to children through genes) blood disorder caused when the body doesn’t make enough of a protein called hemoglobin, an important part of red blood cells.” (Source: US Center for Disease Control, see link below)

With a population of 1.3 billion that climbs every second, the obvious choice for a source of stem cells was the donated umbilical cord blood. In 2007, the public cord blood bank started functioning. At the time there was no existing repository in India and if an Indian was lucky enough to be able to find a match in an US , European or Australian inventory, the cost of the stem cell unit and attendant transplantation costs was around 45,000 USD. Obviously far beyond the reach of any average Indian.

Giving hope to Indian Children with Thalassemia at Jeevan Blood Bank

Jeevan Blood Bank: Giving hope to Indian Children with Thalassemia

 

While our focus was therefore on setting up an inventory of 50,000 cord blood units to meet the urgent need of Indians and others, we also accepted cord blood from families that wanted to store their second child’s cord blood in the hope it would match the first child who suffered from a haematological disorder. Ethnicity being a major issue when it came to finding a suitable match, we wanted a good representation from the entire country, as that alone would help meet the needs of Indians globally.

In early 2013, this became possible as we received funding to the tune of 3 million USD in grants and loans. Till date we have collected over 8000 cord blood donations, almost 60% of the samples are rejected as they either did not meet our stringent sample acceptance or storage criteria. Our current inventory size is 4400 units. Jeevan also operates a high resolution HLA laboratory and offers HLA typing services to patients and donor campaigns.
Below is a pie chart that shows the distribution of the stem cell units stored based on the total nucleated cell counts:

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Distribution of Stem Cell Units (source: Jeevan Blood Bank and Research Center, India)

Currently the cord blood bank is certified to ISO standards, though it is run on AABB standards. We are working towards International accreditation at the earliest. We upload our database to BMDW on a regular basis. We receive requests from all over the world and of the 516 requests for HLA matches we have received so far, we have 62 that can be transplanted – 9/10 or 10/10 match.

Till date Jeevan has facilitated two successful transplants.

We have gotten this far with tremendous support of individuals, corporates, philanthropic organisations and the government. Building a large enough inventory with adequate representation of all the different regions in India is our priority and we do hope that we can involve the national government in our efforts.

To learn more about Jeevan Cord Blood Bank, click here.

Learn more about Thalassemia from the CDC website.


 

Give life twice. Save the Cord.

Cord blood can be collected in the majority of births.

Learn more about how cord blood stem cells.

>>Learn more about how stem cells from cord blood compare to stem cells from other sources.

Women in STEM: Honoring Dr. Eliane Gluckman

Women in STEM: Honoring Dr. Eliane Gluckman

The United Nations recently declared February 11th as “International Day of Women and Girls in Science.”  Save the Cord Foundation is proud to celebrate this important day focused on women in STEM by honoring Dr. Eliane Gluckman, cord blood transplant pioneer and visionary.

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Dr. Eliane Gluckman

Dr. Eliane Gluckman is a living legend. She successfully performed the world’s first cord blood transplant in 1988 with her colleague Hal Broxmeyer, PhD. Since that revolutionary moment, more than 35,000 cord blood transplants have been performed worldwide. Today, cord blood stem cells are recognized as viable treatment in 80+ diseases.

Dr. Gluckman paved the way for entire fields of medicine including research in cerebral palsy, autism, hearing loss, perinatal stroke, traumatic brain injury, diabetes, HIV and even sports medicine. In particular, her work has had major implications on how high risk cancer patients are treated as cord blood stem cells are often used in lieu of bone marrow stem cells for various reasons.

Her work has opened so many doors of opportunity to other scientists and doctors around the world. It is fair to say that her discoveries have already helped today’s generation of doctors and patients in amazing ways. However, the potential for the next generation of scientists and doctors is limitless thanks to her research. We are witnessing a real shift in medicine thanks to visionaries like Dr. Gluckman.

A key component of Dr. Gluckman’s work has been to establish groups like Eurocord and Netcord who have helped not only promote research and awareness but have been instrumental in providing guidance to this growing industry which Dr. Gluckman’s work essentially created.


Dr. Gluckman has received many honors including:

  • Ham-Wasserman-Lecture of the American Society of Hematology in 2001 and recognized as a Legend in Hematology by the American Society of Hematology;
  • Légion d’honneur and the Ordre du mérité in France;
  • Honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Basel in 2005.

Having published more than 800 articles in peer reviewed international journals, her work continues to have great impact on . . .

Stem Cell Transplantation, Aplastic Anemia, Fanconi Anemia, congenital bone marrow failure, hemoglobin disorders, hematopoiesis and umbilical cord blood (biology, transplantation and innovative therapies)
(source: Eurocord)

To learn more about Dr. Eliane Gluckman and her work, please explore these sites:


To learn more about International Day of Women and Girls in Science, please visit the official website of the United Nations.

#WomenInSTEM

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If you are pregnant, please plan as soon as possible to discuss cord blood preservation options with your doctor. Whether you choose to donate your baby’s cord blood or to privately bank it, this is a personal choice (explore your options to donate or privately bank here). However, please do not throw this valuable medical resource away.

Give life twice. #SaveTheCord. 

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NEWS: TechKnow Al Jazeera Goes Behind the Scenes of the Cord Blood Transplant Process

NEWS: TechKnow Al Jazeera Goes Behind the Scenes of the Cord Blood Transplant Process

Dr. Shini Somara and the team from TechKnow Al Jazeera went behind the scenes of the cord blood transplant process in this fascinating story of baby Grace Matthews.

Al Jazeera’s Dr. Shini Somara, heads to Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center in North Carolina to follow little baby Grace Matthews throughout this procedure performed by Dr. Kurtzberg and documents the entire cord blood transplant process.

This video is excellent. The TechKnow Al Jazeera team goes into the details of the cord blood collection and the truly amazing cord blood transplant process. They explain how this fascinating science is going to help baby Grace hopefully combat brain damage caused by hydrocephalus, or water on the brain, a condition characterised by a fluid build-up causing swelling of the head.

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We have spoken with Dr. Kurtzberg many times and we know little Grace Mathews’ story very well, but we felt that this investigative report of the cord blood transplant process done by TechKnow Al Jazeera deserved to be shared (visit the TechKnow official site or join on them on Twitter #AJTECHKNOW ).

How will this help baby Grace? Dr. Kurtzberg explains:

We hope that it’s going to rescue her brain from some of the effects of the pressure from the hydrocephalus she had when she was in utero.

TechKnow Aljazeera and Dr. Somara follow Dr. Kurtzberg into the laboratory to see how the team at Duke University Stem Cell Laboratory prepare Grace’s cord blood unit for transplant. The process is timely! Once the cord blood is removed from storage is must be thawed, remixed and analyzed. . . all in 90 minutes! Then, quickly and carefully the cord blood unit is transferred by courrier to the hospital where baby Grace is waiting.

It is an emotional journey but one that shows how beneficial cord blood can be to your baby, a member of your family or even a stranger.

This is a must see video for any parent wondering about cord blood and how it could possibly help their family.

Please watch and share.

Give life twice. #SAVETHECORD

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Join the cord blood movement! Help us reach parents, doctors, nurses and midwives around the world with this information. We are living in exciting times and medicine is changing. . . for the better.

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2016 Arizona Cord Blood Conference: Lifeline to the Future

2016 Arizona Cord Blood Conference: Lifeline to the Future

Arizona continues to lead the way in the cord blood industry by bringing together researchers, doctors, patients and policy makers at the 2016 Arizona Cord Blood Conference:  Lifeline to the Future.

Save the Cord Foundation is proud to be partnering with the Arizona Public Cord Blood Program, the Arizona Biomedical Research Commission and the University of Arizona for the inaugural 2016 Arizona Cord Blood Conference being held on April 7th, 2016 at the College of Medicine Phoenix.

Admission is free and open to the public. 

REGISTER NOW Admission is free. Open to the public.

The day promises to be a true meeting of the minds with leading researchers like Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg of Duke University explaining the revolutionary ways that cord blood is changing the face of medicine.

We will also hear from physicians like Dr. Roberta Adams, from the Mayo Clinic, and Dr. Niketa Shah, from the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, who will explain the cord blood transplant process from the physician’s perspective.

Representative Heather Carter will also be joining us to discuss effective state legislature advocacy techniques which promises to prompt constructive and open discussions about policy regarding cord blood collection, research and funding of public cord blood programs.

In addition, we will learn what has made the the Arizona Public Cord Blood Program so successful from Jennifer Botsford, Program Manager of the Arizona Biomedical Research Commission.

Charis Ober, Executive Director/Founder of Save the Cord Foundation, will be speaking about the importance of cord blood education, STEM careers and why it is necessary to educate our youth, the “Next Generation.”

But, perhaps the most interesting part of the day will be when we hear from from those who have received cord blood transplants and whose lives were changed forever thanks to visionary doctors, parents and this valuable medical resource. . . cord blood.

You will hear from the families of Dylan Praskins, Noah Swanson and Luke Fryar. . . cord blood recipients and each amazing in their own way!

Join us for this exciting event. We encourage both parents and medical professionals from the Save the Cord community to attend. You will not be disappointed and you are sure to learn something new!

To learn more about the 2016 Cord Blood Conference: Lifeline to the Future, please visit the official site.

Give life twice. #SAVETHECORD


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Valentines Day Gift for a Good Cause: Cord Blood Education

Valentines Day Gift for a Good Cause: Cord Blood Education

Happy Valentine’s Day from Save the Cord Foundation!  Give the perfect Valentines Day Gift this year!  Gift a gift for a good cause!

Every heart on our tree represents someone special who supports cord blood education.  Make a financial donation (tax-deductible!!) to Save the Cord Foundation in honor of someone you care about. Tell them about it (share this page) and they will see their heart grow on our tree! What a fun way to #sharethelove and do something positive!

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Save the Cord Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization. The Foundation was established to promote awareness of the life-saving benefits of cord blood based on unbiased and factual information. We educate parents, health professionals and the public about the need to preserve this valuable medical resource.  We also provide information surrounding public cord blood donation programs and/or family cord blood banks worldwide.

 

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