One Little Girl’s Big Dream Makes a Big Difference during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month | ViaCord

Helping fight childhood cancer one step at a time. 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.

Childhood Cancer and Cord Blood Stem Cells

Children can be affected by many different cancers, but there are certain cancers that are more common in children. These include: acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), neuroblastoma, Hodgkin’s disease and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.1

In some cases a stem cell transplant may be required if a patient’s bone marrow (and its stem cells) has been destroyed by the disease, chemotherapy, or radiation. 2  The transplant aims to restore the patient’s ability to produce healthy blood cells and rebuild a healthy immune system. Cord blood, as a source of stem cells, has played a vital role in cancer treatments over the past twenty years. Most often it’s a sibling’s cord blood that is used in treatment, although a child’s own cord blood may potentially be used in treating some types of cancer.

Knowing the importance of sibling cord blood was the reason ViaCord’s Sibling Connection Program was created.This program provides the ViaCord Complete Newborn Stem Cell Package™, which includes cord blood and cord tissue stem collection, processing and five years of storage at no cost to expecting parents who have a child in need of a transplant and meet the other enrollment requirements.

Helping fight childhood cancer one step at a time

At ViaCord we are committed to making a difference and help families live as healthy lives as possible. Joining the ‘Million Mile Run’ and supporting Alex’s dream of raising money for childhood cancer research is one way we can help. With a little over a week to go, the twenty-five individuals that make up Team ViaCord have logged 419.07 miles! ViaCord will donate $10 for every mile – up to $5,000.  We’re confident can reach our goal and look forward to helping make a difference.

Want to join the Million Mile Run? It’s not too late. Every step counts. Click for more info.

Find more childhood cancer facts at Alex’s Lemonade Stand – click here

 

 

REFENERNCES:
  1. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Sites-Types/childhood
  2. http://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/treatmenttypes/bonemarrowandperipheralbloodstemcelltransplant/stem-cell-transplant-when-do-people-need-transplant
Disclaimer: Banking cord blood does not guarantee that treatment will work and only a doctor can determine when it can be used. Cord tissue stem cells have not been used in treatment yet. Research is ongoing. For more details and references, click here.
 

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