Two Kids Fight Cancer & Cerebral Palsy with Cord Blood (as seen in USA Today)

Two Kids Fight Cancer & Cerebral Palsy with Cord Blood (as seen in USA Today)

dylan praskins cord blood recipient

Being a kid! 6 years after his cord blood transplant, Dylan is having fun.

For USA Today, Save the Cord Foundation was recently asked to speak about treatments using cord blood to treat cancer and cerebral palsy. We took this opportunity to introduce readers to two amazing young boys whose lives have been forever changed thanks to cord blood. Meet Dylan and Ashton.

Read the full article published in a special edition of USA Today, “Expecting Parents.”

Dylan Fought Leukemia and Won

Born in April 2009, Dylan Praskins was diagnosed with infant leukemia or ALL (Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia) at only 8 weeks old. We have followed Dylan’s story since he was diagnosed. Against incredible odds, he won his fight against cancer thanks to cord blood.

Dylan’s case demonstrates why public cord blood donation is so important.

Read more about Dylan here.

Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Ashton Said Good-Bye to his Wheelchair

Viacord Cord blood for cerebral palsy

Ashton was 6 weeks old when he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. The diagnosis was not expected but luckily, Ashton’s parents had saved his cord blood at birth. At the age of 5, Ashton received his own cord blood stem cells in a simple 20-minute transfusion. Signs of improvement quickly followed.

Learn more about private cord blood banking (or “family banking”).


Ashton’s story is not unique. Research using cord blood to treat cerebral palsy, autism, diabetes and more is advancing quickly. As a source of non-controversial stem cells, cord blood is at the forefront of regenerative medicine. Learn more about the science that is helping these two boys have a second chance at life.

Read the full article (as seen in USA Today) to learn more.



Join the Cord Blood Movement

Public and private cord blood banking are both important. At Save the Cord Foundation, we recognize that every family is different. For some, public banking provides a way for to help others and make use of a valuable resource which would otherwise be thrown away. For others, their family history or personal medical history may mean that private cord blood banking is a priority. Some parents don’t have a public banking option and so choose to privately store their child’s cord blood so that it is not thrown away simply as medical waste.

Regardless of your choice, one thing is clear. Even though cord blood is currently being used to treat over 80 different diseases, we are just starting to understand the potential of this fantastic medical resource. Saving cord blood is the ultimate in recycling. Join the #cordbloodmovement today. Tell a friend about Dylan and Ashton. Encourage them to learn more @SaveTheCord. Empower them with knowledge so that they can make the right choice for them. #SaveTheCord

Click here to get involved and spread the word.

Share the Science: Dr. Charles Cox Jr – Cellular Therapies for Neurological Injuries

Share the Science: Dr. Charles Cox Jr – Cellular Therapies for Neurological Injuries

Save the Cord Foundation and Mediware, Inc. are pleased to welcome Dr. Charles Cox, Jr as a featured speaker on “Share the Science.”  Dr. Cox will be speaking about cellular therapies for neurological injuries, preclinical and early clinical trials occurring in the field, and future outlooks.

Dr. Cox is the George and Cynthia Mitchell Distinguished Chair in Neurosciences and directs the Pediatric Surgical Translational Laboratories and Pediatric Program in Regenerative Medicine at the UTHealth Medical School. He also directs the Pediatric Trauma Program at the UTHealth Medical School/Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Texas Medical Center.

Recently, Dr. Cox completed the first acute, autologous cell therapy treatment Phase I study for traumatic brain injury in children (aged 5-14) in a collaborative effort between leading institutions in the Texas Medical Center including The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Memorial Hermann Children’s Hospital, MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital, and The Center for Cell and Gene Therapy (CAGT) at Baylor College of Medicine.  The study has evolved to include analysis of the use of cord blood stem cells in treating traumatic brain injury and the role of heterologous cellular therapies.

It is with great pleasure that we welcome Dr. Cox to “Share the Science” where he will go into great detail about various stem and progenitor cellular therapies as potential treatments for neurological injuries, the differences between these many cell types, preclinical and early clinical trials occurring in the field, and future outlooks.

Dr. Charles Cox, Jr
from the UTHealth Medical School and
Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital
will present
“Cellular Therapies for Neurological Injuries”
Recorded Friday, February 3rd – 11am Central Time
View the Recorded Webinar: FREE and Open to the Public

View the RECORDED WEBINAR now for SHARE THE SCIENCE with Dr. Charles Cox Jr

As an introduction to this webinar, we recommend viewing the short interview we did with Dr. Cox last year during the Perinatal Stem Cell Conference where he emphasized the role of cord blood in regenerative medicine (read the full article here).

Attendees of this webinar will have the opportunity to learn about:

  • Historical perspective of the development of preclinical data in the field
  • How to differentiate between various cell types
  • Benefits of potential pleiotropic mechanisms of action
  • How to be a better critical reviewer of the literature

Attendees will also be invited to ask Dr. Cox questions live during this event.

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We wish to thank Dr. Charles Cox Jr. for volunteering his time to speak on
Share the Science and sharing his valuable insight on cellular therapies for neurological injuries.

We also wish to thank our generous sponsors, Mediware Inc., who continue
to support cord blood education through our “Share the Science” series.

Get Involved. Join the #cordbloodmovement!

Save the Cord Foundation thrives on passionate people like yourself who are eager to share what they have learned about cord blood with others. Whether you are a teacher, parent, doctor, nurse or researcher. . . you can make a difference! Join us on social media and share your favorite article or program from Save the Cord Foundation. Give us a shout when you do and we will let the world know that you are doing your part!

Click here to get involved and spread the word.

Cord blood saves lives. Let’s stop throwing it away. 

VIDEO: Dr. Wise Young, Spinal Cord Injury & Potential Treatments Using Cord Blood

VIDEO: Dr. Wise Young, Spinal Cord Injury & Potential Treatments Using Cord Blood

Together with our sponsor, Mediware Inc., we had the honor of hosting Dr. Wise Young for an exclusive “Share the Science” live presentation during the AABB 2016 annual conference.

Dr. Wise Young’s accolades are many yet what makes him a leading researcher in the cord blood industry is his commitment to bringing treatments to people with spinal cord Injuries.

During the live #ShareTheScience presentation, Dr. Young spoke in great detail about his current research and goals for the future. His presentation led the group to discussing a variety of issues including the fact that cord blood supplies could very quickly be depleted as major medical advances are made using cord blood. Indeed, there is precedent for this if we consider that just a few decades ago cord blood was not used at all and now it is used to treat over 80 different diseases including leukemia, lymphoma, sickle cell and thalassemia.

Many health professionals agree that cord blood holds many distinct advantages.  Learn the facts on cord blood here.

In this short video interview, we asked Dr. Young to speak about briefly about his own groundbreaking research using cord blood to treat spinal cord injury and progress that is being made in the field. He also expanded on the group’s discussion about cord blood supplies, public banking and health care costs for these new therapies. He placed a particular focus on India and third world countries where most families cannot afford treatments or private cord blood banking.  Regarding India, he spoke extensively about the opportunity and challenge which lies before us to make cord blood therapies and storage more accessible in order to fight thalassemia (read a related guest post on India from Jeevan Blood Bank).

The overriding message. . . medicine is advancing fast!  The world needs more cord blood.


This interview is meant as a general introduction to Dr. Young’s research and does not go into the same technical depth that his live presentation did. Unfortunately, a recording of the live presentation is not available.

About Dr. Young

Dr. Wise Young, M.D., Ph.D., Distinguished Professor, founding director of the W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience is recognized as one of the world’s outstanding neuroscientists.

Dr. Wise Young built and trained a 25 center clinical trial network in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, where human clinical trials using umbilical cord blood mononuclear cells and lithium are underway. In the initial results from the phase II trial in Kunming, China, 75% of the participants (15 out of 20) recovered walking with a rolling walker. He is establishing clinical trial networks in the United States, Norway, and India. Phase IIB trials started in 2015, and phase III trials are getting underway this year.


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Share it and then join us for our next
Share the Science webinar or live event!

Free and open to the public.

Share the Science LIVE at BMT Tandem:  Dr. Miguel-Angel Perales,  Immune System Reconstitution Post-Transplant

Share the Science LIVE at BMT Tandem: Dr. Miguel-Angel Perales, Immune System Reconstitution Post-Transplant

Immune system reconstitution post-transplant is a major challenge for cancer patients. Dr. Miguel-Angel Perales is an expert in this field.  At BMT Tandem 2017, Dr. Perales spoke live as part of our on-going #SHARETHESCIENCE series.

Save the Cord Foundation and Mediware, Inc. welcomed Dr. Miguel-Angel Perales as our featured speaker this year at BMT Tandem in Miami, Florida. Dr. Perales presented “Immune Reconstitution after Stem Cell Transplant: Challenges and Opportunities.”  This event was free and open to the public.


We encourage health professionals and current medical students in the area to attend. If you have a family member about to undergo a stem cell transplant, you may also find this presentation of particular interest. Join us by reserving your place now (free).

Immune reconstitution following a stem cell transplant is crucial for patients. Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HCT) is an established treatment for hematologic malignancies. However, it is associated with significant adverse events, including infection, relapse, and graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). An important variable that may affect these outcomes is the recovery of the immune system after transplant.  Surprisingly, there are no FDA approved methods or strategies for immune reconstitution. Several preclinical and clinical studies have identified promising therapeutic strategies for immune regeneration.

In this live presentation, Dr. Perales will review immune reconstitution following HCT, with a particular emphasis on factors that contribute to delayed immune recovery post transplant, including graft source, and the clinical consequences. He will also discuss current clinical and research assays to monitor post-HCT immune recovery and highlight some of the potential strategies that are currently under investigation to enhance immune recovery in HCT recipients.

Dr. Miguel-Angel Perales
from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

“Immune Reconstitution after Stem Cell Transplantation:
Challenges and Opportunities”

Gaylord Palms Convention Center, Room: Miami 1
Thursday, February 23rd, 2017
7:00-8:30 am Eastern Time
Free to register. Open to the public.

VIEW the recording of this LIVE event at BMT Tandem 2017

As a leading researcher, Dr. Miguel-Angel Perales  is the deputy chief of the Adult Bone Marrow Transplantation Service and director of the Adult Bone Marrow Transplant Fellowship Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He has more than 130 publications, including peer-reviewed articles, position papers, guidelines, book chapters, editorials, and invited reviews.

In addition to his many accolades, Dr. Perales a member of the board of directors of Be The Match (National Marrow Donor Program – NMDP) and serves on committees for several organizations, including the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT), the American Society of Hematology (ASH), the Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network (BMT CTN), the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR), and the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology.

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We wish to thank Dr. Perales for volunteering his time to speak on
Share the Science and sharing his valuable insight stem cell transplants.

We also wish to thank our generous sponsors, Mediware Inc., who continue
to support cord blood education through our “Share the Science” series.

Discover the full Share the Science series and view archived webinars highlighting the latest cord blood research.

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About Save the Cord Foundation

Save the Cord Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, was established to promote awareness of the life-saving benefits of cord blood based on unbiased and factual information. The Foundation educates parents, health professionals and the general public about the need to preserve this valuable medical resource while providing information on both public cord blood donation programs and family cord blood banks worldwide.

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