Special Edition: Share the Science with Crystal Weaver – Benefits of Music Therapy for Cancer Patients Receiving Cord Blood or Bone Marrow Transplants

Special Edition: Share the Science with Crystal Weaver – Benefits of Music Therapy for Cancer Patients Receiving Cord Blood or Bone Marrow Transplants

As the holidays approach, we are reminded of the need for compassion in today’s world. For anyone undergoing cancer treatment, whether it is chemotherapy, a bone marrow transplant, a cord blood transplant or other innovative treatment, the healing process can be an emotional and physical roller-coaster. Music can help during these difficult times.

Save the Cord Foundation and Mediware, Inc. are proud to announce a special holiday edition in our Share the Science series — a discussion with Crystal Weaver, MA, PLPC, CRC, MT-BC, who will discuss the history of music therapy, therapeutic benefits and common misconceptions, as well as highlights ways cancer patients can benefit from this complimentary therapy during their treatment process.

Join us Thursday, December 14th, 2017 to learn about the concept of music therapy in the medical model and insightful information regarding the benefits of music therapy for individuals diagnosed with cancer throughout the treatment process. Real-world examples will be provided by Crystal Weaver, a board-certified music therapist with more than 14 years of experience providing individual music therapy services to individuals diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma, and multiple myeloma. Examples will allow attendees to understand how music therapy services can increase patient satisfaction while also addressing emotional, social, spiritual, and physical issues associated with treatment.

Highlights of this presentation will include:

  • How to define music therapy in the medical model
  • About common music therapy goals and interventions utilized for individuals diagnosed with fluid cancers
  • About common misconceptions of music therapy in the medical model
  • How to effectively partner with board-certified music therapists to address medical issues
  • The educational and certification requirements to practice music therapy in the medical model

 

Please join us for this exciting free webinar. . .

Share the Science
featuring
Crystal Weaver
“Establishing Music Therapy as a Medical Model that Benefits Cancer Patients”

Thursday, December 14th | 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Central Time

Free online webinar – Open to the Public
 REGISTER ONLINE HERE

 

 

REGISTER HERE for SHARE THE SCIENCE (Live Webinar – Free, Open to all): Crystal Weaver discussing “Establishing Music Therapy as a Medical Model that Benefits Cancer Patients”

 

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Save the Cord Foundation wishes to thank Crystal Weaver 
for sharing her valuable insight and expertise
with our Share the Science community.
We also wish to thank Mediware, Inc.
for their continued generous support of this program. 

 

 

 

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Share the Science is made possible thanks to the generous support of Mediware, Inc.

 

Interview with Diane Paradise: How Cord Blood Stopped Her Hodgkins Lymphoma

Interview with Diane Paradise: How Cord Blood Stopped Her Hodgkins Lymphoma

Save the Cord Foundation recently sat down to speak with Diane Paradise who beat cancer thanks to a cord blood transplant. In this interview, Diane tells us about her long battle with Hodgkins Lymphoma and how close she came to dying. To see her now, you would never know that she had ever been sick.

Diane has a wonderfully infectious personality. When you meet her, you immediately smile. She is positive in every way but it is not until you hear Diane tell her story that you realize how special (and lucky) she is.

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE.

 

She was 24 when initially diagnosed with Nodular lymphocyte predominant Hodgkin disease. Her life changed in an instant. A small lump under her arm turned into non-stop chemo and hospital visits, cycles of improvement only to be diagnosed again with cancer, treatments which became less and less effective. . .

Throughout the years, Diane explored new treatments, new doctors and challenged the predictions regarding her chances to conquer this horrible disease. She never gave up. She new her best chance was herself.

It was her determination that led her to the specialists at Johns Hopkins. She was invited to participate in a clinical trial and then randomly selected to receive a cord blood transplant. After much research of her own, Diane decided to go forward with her participation in the study. It was a decision that would ultimately save her life.

She received a double cord blood stem cell transplant on December 3rd, 2013. The cords come from donors who she will never meet. She knows one of the cords came from a little girl born on July 21, 2011. Just think. . . she is about to turn 6 and has already saved someone’s life!

In this short interview with Diane, we talk to her about life before and after her cord blood transplant. She reminds of how she is still trying to get used to being “cancer-free” because for years cancer was all she knew. She became one with it. Today, she is proud to say that she has been officially “released from Oncology” and no longer lives in fear.

Read more about Diane here. 

Diane has one message to those who are expecting a baby. . . “Save the Cord!”

 

We wish to thank Diane Paradise

for taking the time to share her story with us at

Save the Cord Foundation. 

 

#WeCanICan: #BeatCancer with Cord Blood

#WeCanICan: #BeatCancer with Cord Blood

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.

Update on Autism Clinical Trials: Interview with Dr. Michael Chez

Update on Autism Clinical Trials: Interview with Dr. Michael Chez

Save the Cord Foundation recently interviewed Dr. Michael Chez (Sutter Health / Sutter Neurological Institute) about the encouraging results coming out of his autism clinical trials using cord blood. In addition, Dr. Chez spoke about the exciting work in this area also being done at Duke University by Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg and Geraldine Dawson, PhD.

Autism is a complicated developmental disability that affects as many as 1 in 68 children in the United States alone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (source: CDC.gov). Imagine how many lives could be changed, if we could find a cure or treatment for autism. Many researchers feel that using a child’s own autologous cord blood could be the key to unlocking this mystery via the emerging field of regenerative medicine.

In this interview, Dr. Chez details the background and results of his clinical trials studying cord blood’s effect on autism. This particular study is significant because it included a placebo which is not always the case in cord blood research. Specifically, this was a double-blind placebo crossover study meaning that ultimately all participants received their cord blood.

Tip for Parents
It is interesting to note that in this particular study and many like it, participants received their own cord blood via private banking. Several private cord blood banks around the world lead (or participate in) on-going research using cord blood. In some cases, parents who store their cord blood privately may be asked by their bank if they would like to participate in a clinical trial (covering a variety of topics). For some parents having this option is important because they anticipate health issues for their baby based on family history or an issue identified during pregnancy. However, not all cord blood banks participate in this type of research. If this is important to you, do your research on the bank you are considering and make sure that they follow the highest standards in terms of storage criteria and processing.

Watch the video now and learn about the latest research using cord blood to potentially treat autism:

Autism and Cord Blood Clinical Trials

Save the Cord Foundation wishes to thank Dr. Michael Chez
for sharing his valuable insight on autism clinical trials using cord blood. 

 

Test your knowledge on cord blood!

 

World Cord Blood Day 2017: Official Launch (press release)

World Cord Blood Day 2017: Official Launch (press release)

Inaugural event, World Cord Blood Day 2017, highlights non-controversial source of stem cells

World Cord Blood Day (November 15th) provides an opportunity for parents and health professionals to learn about current cord blood applications and ground-breaking research

Tucson, Arizona – March 27th, 2017: Expectant parents and health professionals across the globe are invited to participate in the first ever World Cord Blood Day to be held on November 15th, 2017.

More than 35,000 cord blood transplants have been performed worldwide since 1988 to treat over 80 life-threatening diseases including sickle cell anemia, thalassemia, lymphoma and leukemia. In the emerging field of regenerative medicine, cord blood holds great promise in treating autism, diabetes, hearing loss, stroke, brain injury and more. Yet, cord blood is still thrown away as medical waste in the majority of births worldwide. The purpose of World Cord Blood Day is to educate expectant parents and health professionals about the current applications for this non-controversial source of stem cells and to highlight the exciting research happening in this field of medicine.

“We are excited about this opportunity to expand cord blood education worldwide while providing a platform for discussion focused exclusively on this valuable medical resource,” said Charis Ober, Executive Director of Save the Cord Foundation.

Organized by Save the Cord Foundation, World Cord Blood Day is officially sponsored by Quick Specialized Healthcare Logistics (www.quickhealthcare.aero), a recognized leader in medical shipping and logistics. Inspiring Partners for this inaugural event include the Cord Blood Association, Be the Match (NMDP), World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA – Netcord), AABB and FACT. As Inspiring Partners, these organizations will provide industry-specific and medical expertise.

“As the most experienced global transportation provider of cord blood for processing and transplant, we are proud to be a sponsor of World Cord Blood Day and are dedicated to supporting the life science community by providing innovative logistics solutions that help save and improve lives. Our 36 years of life science experience makes the difference when it comes to product security, integrity and chain of custody during the transportation process,” said Dave Murphy, Executive VP of Quick’s Life Science Division.

In addition to free events to be held around the globe, World Cord Blood Day will host a free virtual conference (free, open to the public and health professionals) on November 15th. The program will include introductory presentations appropriate for the public as well as academic lectures specifically designed for health professionals, led by renowned researchers and transplant doctors. In parallel, social media (#WCBD17) will be used to build cord blood awareness and encourage participation in the day’s events.

Visit www.WorldCordBloodDay.org to learn how you can participate or host an event.

 

About Save the Cord Foundation
A 501c3 non-profit, Save the Cord Foundation’s vision is to make saving umbilical cord blood the standard of care in birthing hospitals across the U.S. and around the globe. Save the Cord Foundation provides non-biased information to expectant parents and the public about the options for saving umbilical cord blood by public donation, private banking and donation to research. A nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, Save the Cord Foundation was established to create and expand cord blood education and create awareness for the need to preserve and share this valuable, lifesaving medical resource.

For more information on Save the Cord Foundation, please visit www.SaveTheCordFoundation.org.

About Quick Specialized Healthcare Logistics
Quick is the trusted logistics leader serving the Healthcare and Life Science community for over 36 years. Quick safely transports human organs and tissue for transplant or research, blood, blood products, cord blood, bone marrow, medical devices and personalized medicine, 24/7/365.  Quick’s specially trained experts work with hospitals, laboratories, blood banks and medical processing centers, and utilize the safest routes to ensure integrity, temperature control and chain of custody throughout the transportation process.

For more information about Quick Specialized Healthcare Logistics, please visit www.quickhealthcare.aero.

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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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