Aug
4

Leukemia and Cord Blood

Steve Shor and I Last Week

Steve Shor and I Last Week

It is estimated that  45,000 people will be diagnosed with leukemia this year, and approximately, 22,000 deaths in the US will be attributed to Leukemia.   This terrible heart wrenching disease does not only affect a certain age, gender, or race.  It is blind to its victims and has many different types. Many of you are probably thinking that leukemia affects more children than adults. The truth according to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is that it affects more adults past the age of 60, than children.

Luckily the stem cells found inside your baby’s cord blood can help treat and cure many forms of leukemia. Due to cord blood’s unique, naive immune system, it does not need to be as closely matched to the patient and therefore doctors can identify a cord blood donor in approximately 99% of patients who can’t find a conventional donor.

Cord blood is readily available as it is collected at the time of birth and then stored until future use. This can help cut back on the amount of time searching for a match.In blood diseases such as leukemia TIME is of the essence and every second counts.

I am baffled by these facts and am determined to help ensure everyone realizes the benefits of cord blood.  I am not alone in this journey. Last week I had the privilege to meet (again) with the President of the National Children’s Leukemia Foundation (NCLF) , Mr.Shor.  At their foundation they also realize the importance of cord blood preservation and are working to raise educational awareness.  This generous foundation is one of the leading non profit organizations in the battle against cancer and leukemia in children and adults.

This foundation has been one that is near and dear to my heart for a very long time. In 1993, I met Mr. Shor for the first time when my Mom was asked to speak at their conference in New York. My entire family traveled to New York for the big event where we got to meet  supermodel Cindy Crawford, actress Susan Lucci, and many, many others. This was when I was first introduced to the world of public speaking. My sisters, Dad and I all stood by my Mom’s side on stage as she delivered her speech.  Although I was very young, I will never forget looking into the crowd and watching as tears rolled across people’s faces. That was the beginning, that was when I realized that I wanted to help too! So now I am looking forward to being able to follow in my moms footsteps, by being reconnected with NCLF.

Mom Speaking in New York at NCLF Event

Mom Speaking in New York at NCLF Event

“Each year, more than 4 million children are born in the US. If every childbearing woman chose to collect and store cord blood, millions of lives could be saved.” – NCLF

To learn more about NCLF:http: //www.leukemiafoundation.org/

To learn more about Leukemia:http: //www.leukemia-lymphoma.org/hm_lls

Please help spread the word!

Together We Can Help Save Lives,

Natalie Curry

Apr
1

One Step At A Time- Using Stem Cells To Treat HIV?

AIDS Ribbon

AIDS Ribbon

In the 1980′s a new frightening disease began to have devastating effects on it’s victims.  It was known to be a disease so terrifying that patients were no longer accepted as a part of the community……..

…….No cure was ever found and In 2007 an estimated 2 million people died from HIV and 2.7 contracted the debilitating virus. Recent reserach has provided these patients with a new glimpse of hope to treat the disease. After several years of research scientist have made a MAJOR breakthrough.  What they found after treating an HIV positive luekemia patient with a stem cell transplant is truly miraculous! Following the transplant tests confirmed that this patient had NO traces of  luekemia; but even more exciting, HIV was NO longer present.  The success of this transplant was attributed to the fact that, doctors used a donor that carried a specific gene known to battle HIV.

As was published in medical journals these results are not common and are currently reccomended to treat a  very select group of indiviuals with HIV.  Research has also shown that at this time this procedure has proven to be extremley risky. This exciting relutionary procedure is only the beginning of using stem cells to treat this fatal disease.  There is NO doubt that it is a wonderful discovery on the path to changing the world, one step at a time!

Save The Cord, Save A Life!

Natalie Curry

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