September 23rd is Stem Cell Awareness Day!

sa dayFor the millions of people around the world who suffer from incurable diseases and injury, Stem Cell Awareness Day is a day to celebrate the scientific advances made to-date and be hopeful of what is yet to come, according to the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) . And we’d have to say, we agree.

Stem cells from umbilical cord blood have been used in nearly 13,000 transplants worldwide during the last 20 years to treat nearly 80 diseases in adults and children. They are showing encouraging results in research for regenerative medicine, including treatment for diabetes and various forms of brain injury, such as cerebral palsy.

Despite all the great news about cord blood stem cells and the hope that they provide for the future, there still exists a critical education gap. According to a study published in the Journal of Reproductive Medicine  nearly 75% of expectant mothers in the study considered themselves “minimally informed” when it comes to cord blood banking.

To help address the significant education gap, the Parent’s Guide to Cord Blood Foundation , a comprehensive resource for expectant parents about cord blood medical research and cord blood storage options, has released a new educational brochure for expectant parents.

The brochure can be downloaded at no cost from the foundation’s home page and has been translated into several languages, including Spanish, German, Italian, Greek, and Hebrew, with more translations in progress.

In honor of Stem Cell Awareness Day, we hope you’ll spread the good word about cord blood banking and about ViaCord!  Here are three ways you can help raise awareness::

  1. Let friends and family who are expecting or considering starting a family know about this new resource provided by the Parents Guide to Cord Blood Foundation .
  2. Contact your U.S. State Representative  and ask him or her to support the bill H.R. 1718  “The Family Cord Blood Banking Act,” which would make private cord blood banking a qualified medical expense.
  3. Tell us, using the comments section, why you banked your baby’s cord blood?

We hope to hear from you!

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