Saving a Sibling's Cord Blood – Grateful for the Option | ViaCord
Tasha Jock was just 20 years old when her 6-month-old daughter Madilynn, or Maddie, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) on September 19, 2010. Maddie quickly began aggressive chemotherapy at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. One month after Maddie’s diagnosis, Tasha learned she was pregnant with her second child. With her first pregnancy, Tasha had heard and read about cord blood banking , but did not pursue preservation of Maddie’s cord blood because the cost seemed too high for “such an elective” service. When Tasha’s OB/GYN learned about Maddie’s condition during an appointment related to her second pregnancy, he recommended that Tasha enroll in ViaCord’s Sibling Connection Program.
At that critical and vulnerable point in Maddie’s treatment, Tasha felt a rush of hope and was grateful to have the option to save her son’s cord blood stem cells – a medical resource that could potentially be used in the future to help treat Maddie. Tasha welcomed Liam into the world on June 27, 2011. By that time, Maddie had responded well to eight months of chemotherapy. Given Maddie’s positive response to chemotherapy, her oncologists do not plan to make use of Liam’s cord blood in the immediate future. But, that does not make Tasha any less passionate about encouraging other parents to save their child’s cord blood.
The Jock Family
Tasha, Maddie and Liam
Having the option to save her son’s cord blood to potentially help treat her
daughter’s leukemia is something this ViaCord Mom is very grateful for.