Oct
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Childhood Cancer Awareness

SEPTEMBER

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

I realize this is October 1st, and September is over, but the awareness for Childhood Cancer should be a priority all year long!

Here are some facts that most people are not aware of:

  • 720 Children are diagnosed with cancer every day
  • 250 Children die every day from cancer
  • Childhood Cancer is the leading cause of death in children under the age of 15 in the U.S.
  • One in every 330 children will develop cancer before the age of 19
  • 500,000 estimated number of children are fighting cancer globally

Other cancer facts:

  • 20,000 people a year, might benefit from a potentially life-saving bone marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant
  • 1 in 72 people will likely be diagnosed with leukemia during their lifetime
  • Stem cells found in umbilical cord blood are the leading treatment for one of the most common cancers
  • Your baby’s cord blood could save the life of a brother, sister, mom, dad, grandparent, uncle or aunt or a complete stranger!

You may not be the parent of a child with cancer, neither was I until the day of my daughter’s diagnosis.

If you are pregnant, or know someone that is, please educate yourself and encourage them to learn more about their options with their baby’s cord blood.

Together we can save lives!

Lea Ann Stiller

 

 

Dec
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Cord Blood Crystal Ball

When I read articles published by different organizations advising parents on the benefits of privately stored cord blood, I wonder how many of these professionals have ever been faced with a life threatening illness. Not to mention, feeling the regret of discarding something that was needed to treat them or a loved one!

Do they have a crystal ball they view life through? With over 70 diseases being treated, what doesn’t the future hold for adult stem cells? We already know that everyday stems cells are in the news with much promise for the future of medicine and scientific discoveries.

I urge all expectant parents to do their own research and consider the facts that you never know when you or your child might need theses priceless stem cells. By privately banking your child’s cord blood you have nothing to loose, by neglecting to, you have everything to loose.

It is very upsetting as a survivor to see cord blood be devalued; cord blood saved my life and the lives of many others. The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend private cord blood storing. They say “parents should only consider it if a family member has a disease that could be treated with stem cell transplants”. The true facts that need to be considered, there are many diseases that don’t develop until later in life; therefore not storing the cord blood at birth because it may not be needed at the moment may be tempting fate. Also, what about the family that had 1 or 2 healthy children and didn’t privately store their baby’s cord blood but the last child has an illness that could have been cured with one of the healthy sibling’s cord blood?

If you have any questions regarding the benefits of cord blood banking, call CorCell’s help professionals @ 1-888-882-2673 or visit: http://www.corcell.com/; my personal choice for private cord blood banking.

Together we can help save lives!

Natalie Curry

Nov
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Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year! It is special in many different ways and is the platform for the official Holiday Season to begin. So often, people forget to be thankful for priceless things in your life and that is your family. Money and material things come and go within your life but the irreplaceable commodities are the ones that you love and love you back. There is no price you can pay for health but you can do everything within your power to protect the future of your family. For many of you that will be reading this blog, I have had my most difficult year of my life. It has comes with my biggest challenge both medically and mentally. I will be reflecting and sharing with you my journey in my upcoming blogs. It has reminded me how very important family is and their unselfish dedication to see me thru. So, as we enter into this Holiday Season I ask you to stop and truly celebrate the things that money can’t buy, your loved ones. CorCell is my personal choice of private cord blood banks and they too are taking the opportunity to celebrate the upcoming Thanksgiving Season by offering an additional discount of $200 off enrollment. If you happen to be a member of one of CorCell’s Insurance Partners you can combine this discount with the standard $350 off for a total of $550. Call 1-888-882-2673 or visit www.CorCell.com to obtain more information and details of the dates available for this promotion. Life is priceless; so make sure to be prepared to protect the ones you love. Stems cells saves and improves lives, don’t throw them away.

Together We CAN Help Save Lives!

Natalie Curry

Jul
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Stem Cells and Hair Loss

Hair loss affects roughly 56 million people in the United States alone. There are many causes for hair loss including age, illness, stress, and hormones; all of which we will most likely encounter. It is nondiscriminatory; affecting men, women, and children. Until now treatment for hair loss was extremely expensive or most likely ineffective.

Thanks to a study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, an innovative long term treatment is being developed through the use of stem cells.

The study focused on the stem cells that are responsible for the growth of hair follicles.  They discovered that in the case of balding, the stem cells that prompt the growth of hair had become inactive.  The study seeks to discover a way to reactivate the damaged stem cells initiating the regrowth of hair.  According to Dr. George Cotsarelis, Assistant Director of Dermatology a the University, the study shows that stem cell transplantation can be used as a hair loss treatment in the future.

These promising studies give hope to those who are dealing with hair loss for a multitude of reasons. WIth continued dedication and progressive thinking, hair loss will become a thing of the past.

 

Natalie Curry

 

 

Mar
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With Love

I know you are probably familiar with the Movie and or Play called “Rent” and it’s very popular and  highly emotional anthem. “Seasons of Love”.  I hadn’t heard it in a while and was listening to it on repeat today. It really makes you think about what is really important in your life!  It’s theme is all about measuring your life in love. With all of the amazing opportunities people have today,  I feel like sometimes the important things get taken for granted.

Don’t waste your life doing things that make you unhappy, and do all of the things you have dreamed about doing in your wildest dreams.  Don’t let not one day go by without telling those special people that you love them because you never know what could happen tomorrow.  Everyone has tough times and when that happens put that smile back on your face, pick your self up and keep going. Remember that nothing great ever comes easy and that YOU create your own happiness.

I just wanted to share with you what I was feeling today and hope that you will feel the same way. The world can be a scary place, but if you have the gift of  LOVE then together you can face all of your biggest fears!

With LOVE,

Natalie

Mar
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The Price Question?

Cord Blood Banking Raffle Winner and I

Cord Blood Banking Raffle Winner and I

I know that I have discussed the price involved in cord blood banking numerous times before. After giving my speech at the Pregnant New Yorker event earlier this week it occurred to me that price is still the number question people have about cord blood banking. It is very misunderstood so many people are scared away immediately because they think they can’t afford it.  My hope is to encourage you to educate yourself about your choices. Prices range from bank to bank and most all of them offer several payment options.  CorCell cord blood bank even has partnerships with nine different insurance companies that will work with you  to help lower your costs.

It is all about priorities. I am sure that when you are starting a family or having children saving for their future is one of your greatest concerns. Have you thought about what you would do god forbid someone in your family becomes ill? The same way you prepare for financial unknowns you can prepare for medical crisis’s by saving your baby’s cord blood.

If price is what is holding you back from making this decision; opt to bank your baby’s cord blood vs:

  • Going to Starbucks daily
  • Television Cable
  • Dinning out
  • Vacationing

It is small changes like this  that could help you save money to bank your baby’s cord blood.

Most people believe that cord blood banking is thousands of dollars per year and that is untrue. You will pay one larger sum up front to the bank for enrollment /processing/ storage. After that (depending upon what payment option you use) you will pay close to $100 a year or close to $30 a month. It is really a small price to pay to help ensure your families healthy future. I hope that this helps clear things up and that you will ask questions and do research to find the best bank for your family.

If you have any questions regarding cord blood/ stem cells please visit  the Q & A section on allaboutcordblood.com

To learn more about the payment option’s with CorCell please visit CorCell.com

Together We Can Help Save Lives,

Natalie Curry

Jan
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The 23rd Anniversary of the Very FIRST Cord Blood Collection

January 14th is a day that will go down in history forever. It is the day of the very first cord blood collection which means it is my youngest sister, Emily’s birthday. I hope you enjoy my latest webinar featuring special guests, Nahla Abbo and her brave son, Cal. Watch to learn how stem cells saved Cal’s life and can help save many others!

Please mark your calendars NOW for my next webinar with special guest, Dr.Kramer Topic- All Eyes on Cord Blood. on Friday January 28th at 4:00pm EST on allaboutcordblood.com

Jan
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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

Nov
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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
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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

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