Kitty McAllister's wedding day

Kitty McAllister's wedding day

Everyday brings me inspiration, but sometimes something extra special happens that really touches my heart. While watching the most recent episode of ABC’s hit television show Brother’s and Sister’s, I was brought to tears. This season of the show has had one of the biggest plot lines yet.  One of the shows leading ladies,Kitty McAllister, played by actress Calista Flockheart,  is diagnosed with stage three Lymphoma (fatal form of cancer).

When the chemo treatments fail to cure Kitty, her doctors suggest that her best chance for survival is a bone marrow transplant.  Soon after the search for a match begins they discover her half brother is in deed a match. Kitty undergoes the dangerous procedure and is in remission from her cancer.

The type of cancer Kitty suffered from is treatable with stem cells. The same stem cells found in cord blood.

The show gives a realistic portrayal of what a family goes through in a medical tragedy, in the words of Kitty McAllister:

Mom, cancer free! “Mom you got to do it all,you got to take us to school, you got to watch us grow up, you got to see us get married, I want to do it all, I want to live”

“What if I never see him again? Oh God I’m scared.”

“I can’t even believe it, I’m going to get to see him go to pre-school!”

While this show had a happy ending, unfortunately so many people are not as lucky.  Saving the cord is literally saving a life, the stem cells inside are so priceless. If you missed the last episode of Brother’s and Sister’s I encourage you to watch it. It will tug at your heart strings, but  it will leave you with a new understanding about how fragile life really is.

Don’t take your life for granite!  Please help spread the word about cord blood preservation!

Together We Can Help Save Lives,

Natalie Curry