Jan
4

Birthdays

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday

My Birthday is next Tuesday the 11th, and I feel extremely blessed to be celebrating again. When my parents were given my diagnosis of FA, doctors didn’t expect that I would live much past the age of 10. I cannot even express in words how lucky I feel to have such a great family who would do anything to help me survive. From parents who wouldn’t give up hope in conceiving a perfect match for me, to my sister’s: Audrey who would rather feel the pain herself then to see one single tear roll down my cheek. and Emily who didn’t hesitate in the decision to give me a kidney and saved my life for the second time.

It is because of them along with other family and friends that I am still able to celebrate my birthday. Not only do I get to celebrate it once a year, but on the day of my cord blood transplant I celebrate and on the day of my kidney transplant as well.  Don’t let the years pass by without celebrating. No matter your age, in fact the older you get the more you should celebrate making it through another year!

Start your baby’s life off by giving them the BEST Birthday present in the world, SAVING their cord blood!

Here’s to another healthy year…Happy Birthday!

Natalie Curry

Dec
0

Heart Disease and Cord Blood

The Key to Your Healthy Heart

The Key to Your Healthy Heart

Heart disease poses a large threat to the health of thousands and thousands of people. It  is a universal death sentence that turns its victims up side down and all too often claims their life. Did you know that congenital heart defects – or problems with the heart’s structure that are present at birth – are the most common type of major birth defect.  Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S. Approximately one million people die of cardiovascular disease annually despite medical intervention, with coronary artery disease claiming 50 percent of those lives.  Although heart disease impacts an older population whose heart muscle, arteries and pumping function have deteriorated over time, heart ailments also strike the very young. According to the National Institutes of Health, congenital heart disease is responsible for more deaths in the first year of life than any other birth defect.

The stem cells found in a newborn’s umbilical cord blood are one type of stem cell holding great promise in cardiovascular repair. This is very exciting news and is providing a promising outcome for heart patients everywhere.   Although these advances are very exciting and have been proven to help and improve may lives this science continues to make strides and gain knowledge .  Using the stem cells from cord blood is a medial option for heart disease that is just around the corner. To put it simply your baby’s cord blood is a miracle. It can be used for numerous life threatening diseases and an array of medical conditions.

Please educate your self about cord blood and the extremely rich value of saving it for your family or someone else’s

Happy Holidays,

Natalie Curry

Nov
0

A Thanksgiving Wish

My good friend Dr.O’Neill from Cord Blood America wrote this VERY touching article: I am so blessed to have so many amazing people in my life! Thank you to my friends Dr.O’Neill and Erin Tecca for having the courage to jump for this important cause! This Holiday season give a gift of meaning… make a donation in honor of all of your friends and family!


CBAI Gives Back
Taking the Plunge for a Good Cause

It has been almost 35 years since I came to New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center from Scotland as a Visiting Fellow to gain experience in the developing medical specialty of bone marrow transplantation. Almost four decades later, we have seen the introduction of peripheral blood stem cell and cord blood transplants being used commonly in the treatment of malignant and genetic disease. As this field now evolves into the new specialty of Cellular Therapy and Regenerative Medicine, I now realize that one of the few benefits of aging is not only that I may myself benefit one day from these evolving therapies, but more importantly, it has allowed me to put my career journey somewhat into perspective.

I was 25 when I came to New York and the city offered a young “chap” excitement and opportunity. At that time, I met a young Hematology/Oncology Fellow from South Africa, who, to this day, is one of my closest friends. Back in 1976, to celebrate the U.S. Bicentennial, he invited me to go with him to Johannesburg, not only to see the animal life, but also skydive, since his family operated that business there. I eagerly agreed, although I must confess, I had grave concerns about landing in the African bush full of lions. Unfortunately, I was unable to go at the last minute, and since then I have always had the nagging desire to “jump”. President George H. Bush jumps every year, so I thought why don’t I just do it! I am not 25 anymore, but neither is President Bush and so I recently decided to “take the plunge” in Hawaii this coming December 12th. As the event gets closer, however, I find my fear factor increasing and have considered backing out.

Getting back to stem cells and disease…I recently undertook speaking engagements for Cord Blood America, throughout the U.S., on the importance of cord blood collection for use in stem cell therapies. I had the privilege of working with a member of our Business Development Team, Ms. Lea Ann Stiller, whose daughter, Natalie, has Fanconi anemia, a rare and fatal hereditary disease. Natalie’s sister Emily’s cord blood was the very first cord blood collection and in 1989, Natalie was the first female to receive a cord blood transplant. Cord blood transplantation was new and the outcome was uncertain but Natalie’s transplant was a success and a major breakthrough. Natalie is now 25 and continues to do well.

In medicine, we tend to think that it is solely the physicians and scientists that drive the introduction of such new treatments, but after spending time with Lea Ann and Natalie, it became clear to me that these families, due to their unwillingness to let their children die, have actually themselves, through their courage and determination, paved the way for the almost 20,000 cord blood transplants that have occurred to date.
At the same time, I also had the privilege of meeting the delivery nurse, Ms. Janice Gibbs from Norton’s Hospital in Louisville, KY, who collected the cord blood for this historic procedure and who still feels the “power” of that important day.

My fear of jumping out of a plane pales in terms of Lea Ann’s fear of losing her child. To overcome my own fear, I decided, therefore, to jump to increase awareness about Fanconi anemia through the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund, www.fanconi.org, and hopefully raise some needed funds for research. I am excited to do this and grateful that I was able to put the past years in perspective and truly understand why we do what we do. It’s not just about me anymore, but something more meaningful and for that I am thankful.

To make a donation to the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund follow this link www.fanconi.org/index.php/donate and let them know that you are donating on behalf of my sky diving jump on Dec 12th.

To all the Natalies of the world, this is for you.

To my colleague and friend, Erin Tecca, my thanks for your free spirit in joining me on the jump for this cause.

To my colleagues and friends at Cord Blood America Inc and our International Affiliates, I thank you for your support.

To our many investors, I hope this story tells another side of what Cord Blood America is all about. We work hard for you, but we work even harder for those who may benefit from these stem cell treatments.

My best wishes to all of our readers for the upcoming holiday season. I shall keep you updated.

Dr. Geoffrey O’Neill, VP of Operations, CorCell/Cord Blood America

For more information please visit the following sites:

Fanconi Anemia www.fanconi.org and to make donations www.fanconi.org/index.php/donate
Natalie Curry www.allaboutcordblood.com and www.nataliecurry.com
Saving Baby’s Cord Blood www.corcell.com

Nov
0

Getting Around

Finally the word is getting around, and the general public’s knowledge about the power of cord blood stem cells has dramatically improved in the past year. There have been numerous medical breakthroughs this year and the medical community has begun to realize that cord blood is not just a resource for treating life threatening conditions.  Recently scientist have discovered that cord blood stem cells can be used to help treat Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).

RA is a painful autoimmune disease that affects nearly 1.3 million people. The symptoms include; joint pain, swelling, and stiffness; decreased range of motion: fever, fatigue and loss of energy. RA can occur at any age but most commonly occurs between ages 30-50. Early diagnosis of RA is crucial, there is no known cure, only several treatment options to help ease the symptoms. RA can cause emotional and physical pain, that can severely decrease someones quality of life.

This new scientific discovery is providing RA patients with hope and just like the progress and educational awareness about cord blood they too will soon be “Getting Around.”

Together We Can Help Save Lives,

Natalie Curry

Nov
Nov
0

How YOU Can Help

The Stargazer Lily Candle from The Cozy Candle Company

The Stargazer Lily Candle from The Cozy Candle Company

Do you want to help with the cord blood cause?! Here is the chance you’ve been waiting for! My other web site allaboutcordblood.com is now teamed up with The Cozy Candle Company to help us raise educational awareness about the importance of cord blood!

All you have to do is visit this link —–> http://www.cozycandleshop.com/collections/candles-for-causes The Cozy Candle Stargazer Lily scent is part of the candles for causes collection. In this collection a portion of the proceeds will be donated to help educate expectant parents and the general public about cord blood.

Please help us expand the worlds knowledge about cord blood!

Together We Can Help Save Lives,

Natalie Curry

Oct
0

Make Cord Blood Banking a Family Decision

Dr.O'Neill and I in Cord Blood Americas Lab

Dr.O'Neill and I in Cord Blood Americas Lab

This past week I had the honor to attend cord blood presentations along side of one of the nations most renowned physicians, Dr.O’Neill from Cord Blood America. I know I have written about him in the past and having the opportunity to work right along beside him was truly a blessing! His way with words, his charm and the way he can capture the attention of any size audience really inspired me.

I believe I know a lot about Cord Blood but I also believe that people can always learn more. While I was watching Dr.O’Neill give his presentations I felt over whelmed with even more knowledge of the power of stem cells and their never ending possibilities!

Perhaps one of the most astounding facts about cord blood stem cells is their capacity to help treat such a wide variety of people. When I say this I am referring to the fact that a baby’s cord blood guarantees a perfect match for that baby and can potentially help treat a parent, sibling and even an extended family member such as a grandparent, aunt, or uncle. In Dr.O’Neill’s presentation he explains this with the help of the following chart:

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In the above chart you can see how the children inherit genes from both the mother and the father. Science has proven that with a cord blood stem cell transplant a perfect HLA match is not required as it is with a bone marrow transplant. This means that the cord blood from a child doesn’t have to be an exact match to another member of the family in order to help treat them. For example: In this chart it shows that child 3 could potentially help treat the mother, father and others.

Cord blood stem cells are no longer thought to just help children, but adults as well. It is not just being used to treat life threatening disorders but also injuries and conditions such as blindness. There are many conditions that are still considered to be in the clinical trial phase and it is only a matter of time before stem cells are being used to treat common medical conditions.

Save your baby’s cord blood! You can’t go back and get it later, it is a tremendous life saving resource for your entire family. Make it a FAMILY decision.

Together We Can Help Save lives,

Natalie Curry

Oct
0

Stem Cell Awareness Webinar

For all of you who missed the live webinar or want to watch it again here is the recorded version! Thank you to those of you who attended and participated! I would like to extend a very special thanks to my  guest, Charis Ober from the Save the Cord Foundation. I am looking forward to next years stem cell awareness day!

Oct
0

October 6th 1989

Mom and I

Mom and I

During my transplant in Paris France, my mom kept a very personal diary about everything from what medications I was on to what her emotions were each day! This diary is very personal to her and she rarely shares any of it. I have not even been allowed to read it!

Today people all over the world people celebrated Stem Cell Awareness day. There has been a tremendous amount of progress made in the cord blood/stem cell industry in the past 20 years! None of this progress would have been possible without the courage of my parents and my mothers determination.

On what is now celebrated as stem cell awareness day, October 6th 1989, my mom wrote the following diary entry:

(These are her exact words as they appear in her diary)

Well…, I guess they did discuss us leaving and maybe on Tuesday, October 10th, 1989..day 26, we can go to our apartment. This made us all very happy. On Saturday (tomorrow) they will cap off her central line and discontinue the IV therapy and see how she does? IF she has a good weekend they will give her platelets on Monday from Daddy and we might leave on Tuesday? We changed all of the Airline Tickets today.

We want Daddy to get home for the girls. Norma Funk called Natalie today what a surprise! This made her happy, she said “Norma called me all the way from Grandma Jacobs House, can you believe that?” How cute! Now….we get to start counting the days we have left in the hospital.

A mothers love can move mountains and holds a remarkable power! When you think about cord blood stem cells please think of my mom who had the courage to start it all!

Together We Can Help Save Lives,

Natalie Curry

Oct
2

Stem Cell Awareness Day- Oct 6th 2010

Stem Cells- The Miracle Workers

Stem Cells- The Miracle Workers

Since the discovery of the remarkable uses for stem cells the research in this field has been steadily increasing. Stem cells are not only found inside of your babies cord blood but also in every part of your body. Like the cells inside cord blood these stem cells are also very powerful and have shown very promising signs of being used to treat various diseases.

Like I’ve said many times before, stem cells are the future of medicine! They are only going to continue to improve and save many lives! It could be yours, it could be a loved ones, you never know! Please join me as I celebrate the power of stem cells on a day completely dedicated to the tremendous properties found inside of them. This Wednesday October 6th is stem cell awareness day! I will hosting a free, interactive Live webinar to discuss all of the benefits of cord blood on AllAboutCordBlood.com at 4pm EST. I am excited to say that I will be joined by a very special guest from the cord blood industry!

As always your questions and comments are strongly encouraged and greatly appreciated!

You can RSVP to attend this event and invite others to attend with this facebook link:

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=154595341241313&index=1

Thank you so much for your support, Together We Can Help Save Lives,

Natalie Curry

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