A Legend Brings Awareness to Cord Blood Donation In Delaware:
Julius “Dr. J” Erving surprised a handful of Delaware parents at Christiana Hospital in Newark on Wednesday July 31.
Dr. J, an ambassador for CORD:USE, a cord blood donation service, handed out autographed basketballs to new parents who chose to donate their newborn baby’s cord blood to the public bank.
The hospital recently implemented the system as an option for families to donate cord blood, rather than having the units disposed of as medical waste.
Promoting cord blood donation has been a philanthropic endeavor of Dr. J’s for more than a decade.
In 2005, he lobbied Congress to allow more stem cell research using umbilical cord blood and helped to clear up misconceptions about how research was conducted.
“We had a chance to get before Congress and the Senate and at that time there was a lot of controversy surrounding stem cell regeneration, and I think the stem cell bills were being introduced as one package,” explained Erving. “So I think with our team going there, we were able to convince them that it needed to be introduced separately.”
Registered nurse Kim Petrella, coordinator of the cord blood program, explained that cord blood is collected after a full-term baby is born. Once the umbilical cord is cut, the blood is collected and tested to determine whether it’s added to the bank or used for research.
“Some of the units we’re able to bank with the National Marrow Donor Program, which means the littlest citizens that are born here at Christiana Care can then have a global reach, meaning they can save a life anywhere in the world,” Petrella said. “Other units are actually donated to research. We’re doing research with cancer, diabetes, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, lots of new research that were able to use those donated stem cells.”
Christiana Care is one of only a few hospitals in the region to provide cord blood donation through the National Marrow Donor Program. It’s the only hospital in the region to partner with CORD:USE.
Since the implementation three weeks ago, the hospital has collected 70 units of cord blood. The donation process is free, and parents have to fill out forms and be approved in order to donate.
Maribeth Baxter was one of Christiana’s patients who donated cord blood to the bank after her daughter Julia was born.
“My thought is, ‘why not,’” Baxter said. “If it’s going to end up becoming medical waste, why not, and if I can help someone else, absolutely.”
In addition to the public donation bank, families can pay to have their cord blood privately collected and stored.
Learn More About Cord Blood:
Back on April 29, 2013 PRNewswire reported Doctors at the University of Minnesota performing an umbilical cord blood transplant for a young boy with both AIDS and leukemia that may cure him of both diseases. This announcement comes among an increasing number of stories about cutting-edge treatments that use stem cells from umbilical cord blood to treat previously incurable diseases and conditions.
The increase in treatments using cord blood stem cells is correlated with the pace at which cord blood stem cell research is advancing. According to BioInformant Worldwide, a research company focused on the stem cell industry, the past five years yielded a 144% increase in ongoing clinical trials for cord blood research. Citing data from clinicaltrials.gov the report noted that there were 78 ongoing clinical trials for cord blood stem cells in 2008 as compared to 191 in 2012. BioInformant also reported that the number of diseases treated with cord blood stem cells has risen by more than 145%, from 33 to 81 in the same time period.
The advancement in research and availability of treatments continues to stimulate interest in cord blood banking among parents-to-be. Martin Smithmyer, CEO of Americord Registry noted, “Double digit growth in the cord blood banking industry is allowing for more research funding and we’re making tremendous therapeutic advances as a result. This investment money pales in comparison to what goes into embryonic stem cell research or IPS stem cell research, despite the fact that neither field has provided a therapeutic use to date.”
Stem cells from umbilical cord blood, which are only available when a baby is born, are particularly valuable from both medical and ethical standpoints, which is likely why many researchers are focused on cord blood stem cell research. Umbilical cord blood stem cells are easy and painless to collect, easier to match (particularly with siblings), and very flexible in terms of the other types of cells they can become. And, while umbilical cord blood stem cells are most similar to embryonic stem cells in terms of their ability to become other types of cells, unlike embryonic stem cells, they are non-controversial. Preserving umbilical cord blood stem cells from newborns today will likely continue to provide more medical treatment options for families in the future.
What Is Cord Blood?
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Browse a list of American Red Cross chapters which offer Web sites or search for the chapter nearest you. The Red Cross gives health and safety training to the public and provides emergency social services to U.S. military members and their families.
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The American Red Cross helps people in emergency situations every day. Learn about donating blood, taking safety courses ,and volunteering to help your community.
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Donating blood is a simple process that saves more than four million American lives each year. Your one donation can save three lives. People who weigh at least 110 pounds (100 pounds in some states) and are in general good health are eligible to donate. Expect to spend about one hour.
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Find answers to questions about blood donation, including who needs blood, who is a good candidate to donate blood, and how and where blood is donated.
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One choice prospective parents often face is whether to donate, bank or discard their baby’s cord blood. Learn about cord blood donation and how cord blood is regulated.
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Women having babies at Christiana Hospital located in Newark Delaware are able to donate cord blood from their child’s birth to help further medical research and treat disease in adults and children. All stem cell research will be non-embryonic. Your donation of chord blood will be used to treat both children and adults for bone-marrow failure, breast cancer, leukemia, lymphoma, sickel-cell anemia, and other disease.
Cord blood is the blood from the child’s umbilical cord after birth. Cord blood is a very abundant source of stem cells. Stem cells create the 3 subsequent blood cells that are required for us to maintain our health. The three types of blood cells that are created from stem cells include: red blood cells that channel oxygen throughout our bodies, platelets which help heal our cuts and scrapes, and white blood cells which help to facilitate and strengthen our immune system.Your donation of cord blood will be used to assist children and adults suffering from cancer and other life-threatening conditions around the world.
The process of collecting cord blood only takes about 5 minutes. This process is completely safe for you when your baby. Giving cord blood does not inflict pain on you or your new born baby. Either the nurse, doctor, or midwife can drawl the blood from your umbilical cord. The blood is gathered in sterile pouches. The blood is then sent to the lab to be processed and held. These units of cord blood will be listed on the International Cord Blood Registry (ICBR) for worldwide transplant physicians.
You can donate core blood by contacting The Brady Kohn Foundation to register in advance. There number is 302-765-2875. Please register in advance for your donation, the best time is before your 32nd week of pregnancy
Get more information about how to donate cord blood in Delaware.