Every year, employees around the globe from ViaCord and its parent company, PerkinElmer, participate in Impact Day. Impact Day focuses on local projects supporting areas of disease research, food, the environment, and newborn health.
Continuing tradition, September 12th marked PerkinElmer’s fourth annual Impact Day. 200 employees from Massachusetts alone contributed over 500 hours of volunteer time for different outreach projects benefiting a range of social causes. Projects included harvesting produce for local food pantries, lending a hand weeding and watering at farms and gardens, sorting donations for families and individuals in need, and helping prepare nutritious meals for homebound individuals and families with chronic illnesses.
“Working at PerkinElmer, throughout the year you hear about the global impact our work has on other people’s lives. But being able to have a day where you can personally give back and make a difference for those in your community is extremely rewarding.”
PerkinElmer is committed to creating better outcomes in the community by making a difference through volunteering, philanthropy and employee engagement. Employees being able to have the opportunity to participate in this companywide initiative plays an important and critical role in building a strong camaraderie between employees and in advancing the company’s mission.
At a time when researchers are just beginning to uncover the full potential of cord blood, it’s so important now more than ever to spread awareness and educate others about the amazing power these stem cells hold. Luckily, World Cord Blood Day was created to do just that! Read More
With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we thought it would be a good time to talk to one of our very own ViaCord moms – Kate Girard, RN MSN. Kate has been with ViaCord for 13 years and manages the regenerative medicine program as well as facilitates all clinical aspects of the business. Here’s the scoop on her home life, work life, and how she balances the two:
What did you do before ViaCord?
“Before ViaCord I was a travel labor and delivery nurse. The cool thing about that was I got to see how different hospitals handled their labor and delivery departments. It gave me a good perspective on multiple birthing options and settings. Each hospital had its own vibe and way of doing things. Read More
When you think about March you think of Spring, St. Patrick’s Day festivities and all of the green that comes along with it. Did you know the color green during the month of March also represents Cerebral Palsy Awareness?
Throughout the month people are encouraged to become better informed and more aware of cerebral palsy – a condition that affects approximately 1 in 323 children every year.1 Cerebral Palsy is a general term used to describe a group of disorders that can involve brain and nervous system functions, such as body movement, learning, hearing, seeing, and thinking. 2 There are several different forms of cerebral palsy and the condition is most often caused by brain injury or an abnormality in brain development. This can be a result of trauma sustained in the womb or during the early years of life.
One Little Girl’s Big Dream Makes a Big Difference during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month | ViaCord
Throughout September thousands of feet across the country have been hitting the pavement with one goal in sight – walk/run ONE MILLION MILES. Why? Because every step taken will help raise money for childhood cancer research through Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s (ALSF) ‘Million Mile Run’. With so many lives affected by this devastating disease, including some ViaCord families, we were both excited and honored to come together as Team ViaCord to contribute as many miles as possible!
Alex’s Legendary Lemonade Stand Is Born
At 4-years-old Alexandra “Alex” Scott was a girl on a mission to help find a cure for all childhood cancers. A cancer patient herself, diagnosed shortly before her first birthday with neuroblastoma, Alex told her parents she wanted to raise one million dollars for the cause. How did she plan to do this? The best way a kid knows how – with a lemonade stand in her front yard, of course! In 2004, when Alex sadly lost her battle with cancer at age 8, the foundation bearing her name
pledged to carry on her dream of finding a cure through raising funds for research. The ‘Million Mile Run’ was created specially in support of September’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
ViaCord is proud to support Miracle Babies through sponsorship of their May 11th “Moms for healthy babies” 5K walk. Hundreds of walkers will be stepping out in support of the non-profit organization’s mission to provide education, support and financial assistance to families with critically ill newborns in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Premature birth continues to be a serious issue in the U.S. It is the number one cause of neonatal mortality and approximately 11.5% of all births occur before term.1,2 Despite efforts and advances in trying to screen and treat women in preterm labor, the incidence of preterm birth has not changed significantly over the past 45 years.3