Having a baby is an amazing thing. Helping another person keep their baby is something more of a miracle. Find out more about cord blood donation.
Our StoryMy daughter Anna, age eleven, has been battling Large Cell Lymphoma for over a year and a half now. As soon as her first year of treatment was over, we thought that was the end of the road and she was in remission. Unfortunately, she got very sick and two months later (and several hospital stays later) we got the news that she had relapsed. We were told that we would need a stem cell transplant to save her life. You may also know it as a bone marrow transplant. Those with blood/immune cancers like leukemia and lymphoma are not always candidates for a transplant, but those who are candidates have a real chance of beating it for good. They are literally given brand new immune systems. How incredible is that?
As we wait and wait to find word on a donor, we are told that the doctors are looking at a few umbilical cords as the match. I am in awe that someone donated a cord at the time of their baby's birth, and that may be the only thing that can help me keep my baby girl.
Where You Come InPlease watch the video posted below and see how you can donate your baby's cord to help save another life. You can also encourage your friends and family to go to Be The Match and get a free test kit to increase the national registry of donors. It's a simple cheek swab to test your DNA. When you are contacted as a match, the person who is in need of a transplant would use their insurance to have you tested again, have a health work up, and then you would need to carve out a time to have a relatively simple procedure to have your bone marrow harvested. Teens who have had the procedure done have reported that they were sore but otherwise unaffected from the procedure. It is much easier to use a blood cord because then the patient does not have to wait for a person's schedule to be able to get the transplant.
Not every cancer can be cured, but let's cure the ones we know can be. Think of it, your little miracle...born a hero. I don't know if I'll be allowed to know and contact the family who will save my daughters life and give her a brand new immune system. If I can, I know I will cry and not even be able to form the words of gratitude I feel. I hope you will share this information with everyone you know who is having a baby. Be blessed and congratulations!