preserving what money can't buy with ViaCord
myself and a fellow Blogher blogger at the ViaCord event
Having the chance to face this secret world of science and medical technology was illuminating for me. I was so honored to be chosen to attend this small intimate event in New York two weeks ago so that I could come face to face with exactly what I find to be at the heart of minimalism. Declutter what doesn't matter to make room for what does, whether that's now or in the future, since no one knows just what cards we will be dealt on any given day.
Through genetic predisposition, some children face life threatening or disabling disease. The key to treating these diseases may exist in cord blood and tissue cells present at birth. Depending on the disease being treated, using an individual's own cells is better and sometimes required. Other times, donor cells are necessary. But, a family gets only one chance to keep this potentially life-giving tissue. You can't buy this opportunity back later; it has to be preserved.
How Does Cord Blood and Tissue Banking Work?
The process of obtaining cord blood and tissue is painless, safe, and simple for the baby and parents. After the child's birth, the cells and tissue are collected from the umbilical cord after it's clamped and cut in the usual way. The sample is taken from the part of the cord that is still attached to the placenta, not the baby. The sample is collected in a sterile bag and sent to the cord banking facility for processing and cryostorage. It remains there until needed.
Why Should Families Consider Cord and Tissue Banking?
When your beautiful baby is born, you imagine all the things he or she will do and become. That love you feel gives you such an overwhelming knowledge that you would do or provide anything needed to protect your child. It's a love like no other.
However, you can't really see into the future. You hope for happy and healthy lives. But, sometimes sad and unforeseen circumstances lead to illness and disability. What if you knew you had a way to potentially save your child's life, or improve their quality of life? What would you give, or give up?
Cord blood and tissue banking is one of those gifts that no price tag can define. The current and future value is unmeasurable and untapped. Just a few conditions that are being studied for potential use in pediatric and adult treatment include:
• cerebral palsy
• type 1 diabetes
• spinal cord injuries,
• heart failure and stroke
• neurological disorders, such as multiple sclerosis.
Who Is ViaCord, and How Can They Help?
ViaCord is a trusted and private cord blood and tissue bank that has been operating for more than 20 years. Their goal is to give the best services to families, as well as to promote the science and technology of stem cell research.
Only about 5% of parents now preserve their baby's cord blood and tissue. But, the known and potential benefits are increasing. This is an industry that is posed to take off. But, to help families now, ViaCord has actually lowered the cost of banking a child's cord blood and tissue. The service cost runs from about $1200 - $2645 (plus storage fees). That's about $10.00 per day over 9 months of pregnancy.
What could you give up to make this a reality for your family? One fast food lunch a day? A couple of daily double mocha lattes? A weekly manicure and pedicure? By simply cutting back on a few luxuries, you can give your child/ren a gift they cannot buy for themselves.