#TurnItGold This September

It’s time to #TurnItGold! September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and just like thousands of other people this month, we want to show our support and honor the children who are fighting against childhood cancer.  To do so, we are supporting the
Go Gold Fund’s initiative to “Show Your Gold” as a way to show support and help create awareness around childhood cancer.

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Childhood Cancer and Cord Blood Stem Cells

There are certain cancers that are more common in children, such as 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

So where does cord blood come in?  Cord blood can be used as a source of stem cells and has played an important role in cancer treatments over the past twenty years.  It is often a sibling’s cord blood that is used in treatment, although a child’s own cord blood can potentially be used in treating some types of cancer.  Whether the stem cells come from a sibling or are the patient’sv_gold_childhoodcancerawareness own, the end goal is to restore the patient’s ability to produce healthy blood cells and rebuild a healthy immune system.

 What is the Go Gold Fund?

The Go Gold Fund is an organization that was created by a mom and dad who wanted to do more after their son’s successful fight against stage 4 high-risk neuroblastoma. Their goal is to unite families and communities affected by childhood cancer, inspire businesses and individuals to take action and elevate the funding of childhood cancer research to expand treatments that can cure pediatric cancer.

Help spread awareness

You can help create awareness for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month by doing one (or all!) of these things:

References:
1. https://www.cancer.gov/types/childhood-cancers/child-adolescent-cancers-fact-sheet
2. http://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/
treatmenttypes/bonemarrowandperipheralbloodstemcelltransplant/index

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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