Friday, December 03, 2010

Saving Umbilical Cords Saves Lives

Public education is critical to helping parents understand the value of cord blood stem cells. That was the message Dr. Frances Verter delivered in an op-ed she recently penned for The Baltimore Sun. Dr. Verter should know - she is the founder and executive director of the Parent's Guide to Cord Blood Foundation and the website, which provides expectant parents with information about cord blood stem cells and cord blood banks.

Dr. Verter is also the parent of a child who passed away in 1997 from leukemia, a condition that can be treated with cord blood stem cells. As a result, “I have made it my life's mission to educate expectant parents about the value of these cells, and hopefully persuade them not to throw them away,” Dr. Verter explains in her editorial.

You can read the full text of Dr. Verter’s op-ed here.