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
May is most notable for Mother’s Day – a day to celebrate moms everywhere for being nurturers, leaders, role models, and the best hug-givers! This year the month of May will also honor moms, in a powerful way, with the launch of National Preeclampsia Awareness Month.
Designed by the Preeclampsia Foundation, National Preeclampsia Awareness Month is a month-long educational campaign that aims to build awareness around preeclampsia, a life-threatening pregnancy disorder that affects hundreds of thousands of moms, and their unborn babies, each year. The Preeclampsia Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing patient support and education, raising public awareness, advancing research and improving health care practices. They envision a world where preeclampsia no longer threatens the lives of mothers and babies. 1
Although most women with preeclampsia will deliver a healthy baby, some will experience complications. Worldwide, preeclampsia and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy are responsible for 76,000 maternal and 500,000 infant deaths each year. 1 Despite such devastating numbers, too few people are aware and informed about this global health problem.
That’s where you can help!