Me and Grandma J

Me and Grandma J

Over the course of our lifetime, we have the privilege of spending hours and hours reminiscing about the memorable experiences in our lives. It takes you back to those moments that you can’t imagine your life without and it reminds you of those times that you wish would have never existed, but inevitably make you stronger.  Personally this is one of my favorite activities especially when I am amongst close friends and family. I want to share a few of my favorite memories with you.

 There is a very special person in my life, my Grandma J (my moms mom). She and I have always had a unique relationship. I remember when we would go to the hospital or doctors office, she was always right there holding my hand and whispering happy thoughts in my ears, to keep my mind off of the pain. I remember her calling me everyday just to say, she loved me. I remember her sleeping in the hard chairs next to my hospital beds and being right there as soon as I opened my eyes. I remember going to lunch with her everyday while we talked about anything and everything.
 
Sadly, within the last year Grandma J has had fewer and fewer memories of her own. Being away from her during this time has been sad for me, every time I speak to her now she ends up crying. My mom gives me daily updates and the consistently bad news leaves a sadness in my heart and tears in my eyes. It is hard for me to imagine her slipping. She has always been so strong for me and now I have to be strong for her.
 
Recently I made an amazing discovery that has provided me with hope, that one day people will no longer have to suffer from memory loss. I was not surprised to find out that stem cell research is in the early stages of treatments for debilitating diseases such as Dementia and Alzheimer’s. I can’t dream of a better gift than being able to give someone the ability to remember their life.  It’s a natural human ability that so many people take for granite. 
 
 The birth of your baby is one of the most memorable experiences of your life. With the stem cells found inside cord blood, doctors and researchers will soon be able to use them to treat memory loss.
Can you imagine not remembering the birth of your child? Can you even think about the feeling of forgetting their face?
YOU CAN HELP! Save your babies cord blood, give everyone the chance to always have their memories.
Together We CAN Help Save Lives,
 
Natalie Curry