Mome reads Mommy, My daughter's way to spell it when she was younger... It stuck. My son calls me Mome... just like it looks. I now sign all my notes to them "Love, Mome". It's our inside secret and makes them smile. I always want them to smile.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

For the Children

There is nothing I wouldn't do for my Children, and one thing I wish I would have done.
(Puddin Pop and I on Easter)

When I was pregnant with Boog and then again with Puddin Pop, I received information from cord blood banks listing their different programs and what saving the cord blood could mean in the event of illness for either of them or another family member. I was adopted, so I pretty much knew if we saved it, it would most likely only benefit my husband, his family, myself and our children. That's a lot of people who could be impacted by the current technology of today. The prices at the time, were not within our budget, and the cord blood was donated instead. I hope it helps someone someday.

Like any technology, prices drop as products and services become more readily available and now Cryo-Cell has one of the lowest fees for collecting and preserving these precious stem cells and are constantly doing research on other ways to use them and other ways to obtain and preserve them. Cord blood has already been used to treat over 70 illnesses and ailments and many more are being tested as I write this. It's a decision that wasn't available to our parents and one that should be seriously contemplated with each new birth.

Here's a testimonial from a current Cryo-Cell Client explaining how she determined that this program was right for her family.

"My children are the most precious gifts that I will ever have and I want to do everything I can to make sure they are well. While I was pregnant with my first child, I would see articles and ads about cord blood and it bothered me that it was so expensive but what if I one day needed this blood. The reality of having only one chance or it really went in the garbage kept me wondering if I would regret not investing. What if he had cancer or his dad or I were sick, would that blood have been the cure? Through research, I came across Cryo-Cell International, Inc., a company with the most reasonable rates and the assurance of two holding facilities.
When I was pregnant with my second child, we wondered if one bank was enough? Finances were tighter and should we spend the money? Then we realized that his brothers blood might not match for the new baby. The next day, stories were breaking about how Cord blood had saved or changed the lives of children, one cancer, one cerebral palsy. Then we discovered that a friend was diagnosed with non-hodgkins lymphoma. He didn't bank his daughters blood and wished he had. Three years prior, I lost a friend to renal cancer when she was 29. We felt like it was our answer.
We are just beginning to see miracles that this blood can bring. We have two "life insurance policies", that is how we look at it. If anyone in the family gets ill, there is a chance that the blood could save our lives. If we don't use it, then it is there for our son's children."
Sincerely, mother of Parker and Davis
Cryo-Cell International Client

What would you do for your children? I hope that the blood we donated gets put to good use.


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