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.

 

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. 

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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!

Make a donation! Help our tree grow!

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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Teaching the Next Generation about Cord Blood

Teaching the Next Generation about Cord Blood

A game changer. . . Save the Cord Foundation is kicking off 2016 with a new cord blood education program focused on the Next Generation!

Welcome to Next Generation: Cord Blood!  In 2016, we will be working with teachers and schools across country to educate our next generation of parents about the life-saving qualities of cord blood and how it is preserved.

Over the course of the coming year, we will be working closely with teachers and schools to integrate cord blood education into the classroom rolling out pilot programs for elementary, middle and high school students. This program is a modern supplement developed with science teachers from various schools to enrich the existing science curriculum and with the hope of inspiring students to delve deeper into science, stem cells, and umbilical cord blood.

Doctors are using cord blood every day to treat over 80 different diseases and advances in regenerative medicine using cord blood means that the demand for cord blood is only going to increase. We have a responsibility to share this information and explain the importance of this medical resource as it is currently used and how it may revolutionize science and medicine in the immediate future. These children are tomorrow’s parents, scientists, engineers and physicians. . . the Next Generation.

The Next Generation also plays a key role in educating others through family learning.  Today’s generation of parents knows this to be true as many adults are learning about new technologies and social media from their kids.  “A recent paper published in the Journal of Communication found that between 30%-40% of parents were taught how to use the computer and Internet from their children.” (Source:  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140124082717.htm).  Family learning leads to new habits, new choices and, in general, a better quality of life.

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Classes of 6th and 8th grade students listening to a presentation by Save the Cord Foundation about the science behind cord blood stem cells.

Bryanne Wadington teaches the science behind cord blood stem cells

Bryanne Wadington explains the science behind cord blood stem cells and why they are important.

At one of the recent Next Generation: Cord Blood events, our team spoke to 6th and 8th graders at the Tanque Verde Elementary School in Tucson, Arizona.  We were welcomed by Ms. Karen Hla and two classes of more than 50 students each.  We were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of these students as they learned about the science behind umbilical blood preservation and stem cell transplants.

The discussion was led by Save the Cord Foundation team member, Bryanne Wadington. Ms. Wadington spoke about the basic biology of stem cells: where they are, what they do, and why they are important for growth, health, and everyday life. After covering the basics, she was able to present some of the novel umbilical cord blood research and applications. At that point, the room filled with small hands in the air and gears started buzzing as students asked brilliant questions, related to the material personally, and told us stories about their own families.

Excellent and challenging questions were asked by the students, such as:

  • Can you treat cancer with cord blood?
  • Is umbilical cord blood like regular blood where you need to match recipient and donor?
  • For how long can it be stored?
  • Can it be used for sickle cell anemia?
  • If my family has a history of diabetes or cancer, should we save cord blood?
  • Our Favorite: Why do most people throw it away if it is so useful?

 How many of these questions can you answer? 

We asked Ms. Waddington why she felt this presentation was important for this particular age group and she responded:

These students are at the age I was when I first became interested in biology. I found it fascinating, relatable, and thus easy to absorb. My first biology class influenced me for the remainder of my academic career and led me to the field in which I currently work.  I am thankful for this opportunity to bring this positive, paradigm-shifting material to young minds to help inspire the next generation of problem solvers. It is so fun to stand in front of a group of awestruck kids and say, “I know it sounds like science-fiction, but it’s true.”

At Save the Cord Foundation, we want our youth to understand the basic science behind cord blood.  We want them to be able to make sense of news stories talking about “new medical advancements using cord blood stem cells” and understand how it might affect them.  We want them to be inspired by the cord blood movement so that they push research further themselves through STEM careers.  We want them to speak with family and friends of the older generation explaining how using this valuable medical resource is not something in science-fiction books but is being used today to treat things like leukemia, lymphoma, sickle cell anemia and much more. We want them to be able to make an educated and empowered choice about their own health and the health of their future family.

And you know what? They will.

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Students at Tanque Verde excited to learn about cord blood and the science behind it.

 

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Our many thanks to the students and teachers at Tanque Verde School for welcoming Save the Cord Foundation for this in-depth discussion about cord blood stem cells and the related research. 


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Are you interested in having Save the Cord Foundation present at your school or work with your teachers on developing a program focused on cord blood education and the science related to this field of medicine? Please contact us for more information.

 

Educating Medical Professionals on the Cord Blood Collection Process

Educating Medical Professionals on the Cord Blood Collection Process

Educating medical professionals and parents continues to be the key to success of the Arizona Public Cord Blood Program.  A recent educational event focused on the purpose of the public donation program as well as the cord blood collection process.

This past month the Arizona Public Cord Blood Program sent its 31st cord blood unit for transplant. It was a moment celebrated by all of the partner hospitals within this successful Arizona state program for cord blood collection.  However, the team recognizes how much more there is to be done as they strive to encourage more parents to donate their child’s cord blood to this fantastic program. The decision to donate often occurs when expectant parents discuss the options with friends and family, doctors and other medical practitioners. This is why the partners of the Arizona Public Cord Blood Program make education a priority with the various OB/GYN teams involved in this program ensuring consistent and accurate information is given to the expectant parents.

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Registered Nurse Wendy Barrett speaking to doctors and nurses about cord blood collection processes and the Arizona Public Cord Blood Program.

Save the Cord Foundation recently joined Registered Nurse Wendy Barrett, Program Coordinator of Cord Blood Collection for the Arizona Public Cord Blood Program, at a training session for nurses and physicians from the Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Center for Women’s Health Obstetrics in Phoenix, Arizona. The discussion was focused solely on the Arizona Public Cord Blood Program including the purpose of the program, how and why cord blood is currently being used, how to easily present information to patients, and the recommended practices for collection.  Cord blood can be collected in a majority of births and the collection process is fairly simple for trained medical professionals.  We asked Ms. Barrett to give us the highlights of the collection process so that parents would know what to expect during the delivery of their child:

  • Cord blood collection is done after the birth of the baby but before the delivery of the placenta.
  • Once the baby is born and the cord is clamped and cut. Then the portion of the umbilical cord that is still attached to the placenta is carefully cleaned and prepared for cannulation (see definition of “cannulation”).
  • Once cannulation occurs, gravity is allowed to gently pull the blood into a collection bag designed for this purpose.
  • Collection continues until the cord looks white or until the placenta is delivered, whichever happens first.

It is important to note that neither the mother nor child is harmed in the cord blood collection process.  Cord blood collected and banked via this donation program in Arizona is added to the National Public Cord Blood Bank managed by NMDP / Be The Match.  Once processed, these cord blood units are made available to patients waiting for donors around the US and the world. Cord blood is currently used to treat over 80 different diseases including leukemia, sickle cell and lymphoma.

Once thought of as experimental, cord blood transplants have become more and more common. Since the first cord blood transplant was performed on a patient from North Carolina suffering from Fanconi Anemia over 25 years ago, there have been more than 35,000 umbilical cord blood transplants in the world. The use of cord blood stem cells has revolutionized medicine and continues to provide hope to many patients who would otherwise not have an option for treatment.  This is why we feel so passionate about cord blood preservation and amazing public donation programs like the Arizona Public Cord Blood Program.

At Save the Cord Foundation, we have met many whose lives have been changed thanks to a cord blood transplant. One child who is alive today thanks to a cord blood donation made by a stranger is Dylan Praskins.  Read more about Dylan Praskins and you will agree that making the simple gesture of cord blood donation is a wonderful choice.

Give life twice. Save the cord.

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Join us April 7th for the 2016 Arizona Cord Blood Conference: 
Lifeline to the Future at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus.
Registrations opening soon.

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Don’t live in Arizona? Find out your options for public cord blood donation in your state thanks to our interactive map.

If your local hospital does not participate in a public cord blood donation program, you may wish to contact a hybrid bank that offers a public donation option with nationwide pick-up from any hospital. Keep in mind that you must contact these hybrid banks early in your pregnancy and that slots for participation may be limited depending on each bank. See our complete list of hybrid banks here.

1,000 Cord Blood Donations at TMC!

1,000 Cord Blood Donations at TMC!

Leading the way in healthcare, the Arizona Public Cord Blood Program celebrates a major milestone. Tucson Medical Center has officially collected over 1,000 cord blood donations!

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Parents Amy Vasquez and Chris Colbert with their daughter, Hailey, who just became the 1000th cord blood donor in Arizona at Tucson Medical Center.

On the afternoon of November 5th, 2015 the staff at Tucson Medical Center celebrated as they surpassed 1,000 cord blood donations marking a major achievement.  For the Arizona Public Cord Blood Program this was also a significant milestone and much anticipated event. All of the program’s partners including Save the Cord Foundation rejoiced at the news.

Tucson Medical Center is one of four hospitals collecting cord blood donations for the state. The parents, Amy Vasquez and Chris Colbert, welcomed little baby Hailey into the world at 5pm on Friday afternoon. When asked prior to the delivery by TMC staff if they might like to donate their child’s cord blood to this program, they did not hesitate.  Colbert remembers his response was clear, “It was easy. . .there was no risk involved.”   He went on to say how far things have come since he had his first child 12 years ago. At that time, cord blood was just starting to be discussed but was very experimental.  Now, both parents are excited to see how far research has come and that doctors are now using it routinely to save lives.  He concluded with advice for other parents “It is quick, easy and safe.  . . It does not hurt anybody to do but it helps a lot of others.”

We could not agree more!  Cord blood donations are now in high demand given recent advances in research and how this valuable medical resource can be used (watch this fascinating interview with Dr. Cetrulo who explains some of the uses and innovations using cord blood and perinatal stem cells).  This marks a turning point for the Arizona Public Cord Blood Program as it continues collections daily across four hospitals in the state: Dignity Health at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Maricopa Integrated Health Services, Abrazos Health (formerly Phoenix Baptist Hospital) and Tucson Medical Center. Parents giving birth at these hospitals receive expert guidance on their options for preserving their baby’s cord blood either privately or publicly. Many choose to donate their child’s cord blood so that it can be used to help someone who is waiting for a match. Currently, there are 80+ diseases being treated with cord blood stem cells including leukemia, sickle cell and lymphoma.
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The state of Arizona has put a special emphasis on cord blood donations.  Earlier this year, Governor Ducey decreed July as “Cord Blood Awareness Month” acknowledging:

  • thousands of people are diagnosed each year with blood cancers and other life-threatening diseases that can be treated with cord blood;
  • umbilical cord blood is a non-controversial source of stem cells;
  • donated cord blood can be listed on the national BE THE MATCH registry and made available for donors or used by researchers in the state of Arizona working on curing blood cancers and other diseases (Source).

These 3 points are why parents across the state are moved into action each time a nurse or a doctor suggests cord blood donation. These 3 points have begun a shift in the standard of care for expectant mothers within the state of Arizona. These 3 points have set the state of Arizona apart as a leader in healthcare and innovation.  Other states are watching as the Arizona Public Cord Blood Program continues to grow and evolve.

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Donate your child’s cord blood to through the Arizona Public Cord Blood Program.

As each of the four hospitals continue to collect cord blood on a daily basis, calls are starting to come in for transplants.  To date, nearly 30 cord blood transplants have been sent out to patients who were desperately in need of a donor.  While cord blood does have a broader match potential than bone marrow, there are still significant matching criteria. This is why donations from people with diverse ethnic backgrounds are so important.

If you are pregnant and live in Arizona, please consider giving birth in one of the hospitals connected with the Arizona Public Cord Blood Program. For more information, please click here.

You can be a part of this fantastic program by either showing your support for Save the Cord Foundation who routinely promotes this public program across the state or by simply telling an expectant parent or friend about what you have learned here.  If you still have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at Save the Cord Foundation.

 


 

Tell your story and inspire others. If you donated or privately banked your cord blood, we would like to know how you ultimately made that choice. Did a friend tell you about it? Your doctor? Perhaps you or someone you know actually received a cord blood transplant and now would like to say thank you while encouraging other to donate?  We want to hear from you.

Please submit your stories to our REAL Stories. REAL People. section on our website. If you would like to tell your story but prefer to remain anonymous, please contact us directly.

 

Cord Blood Superheroes at Arizona Stem Adventure & JDRF One Walk

Cord Blood Superheroes at Arizona Stem Adventure & JDRF One Walk

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

#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.

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)

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 Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association Conference

 

 

 

 

Save the Cord Foundation at the Student Nurses Association in Phoenix

Save the Cord Foundation at the Student Nurses Association in Phoenix

Save the Cord Foundation at Discovery Days Bay Area Science Cord Blood Education

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.

Arizona Public Cord Blood Program

Donate your child’s cord blood to through the Arizona Public Cord Blood Program.

 

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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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