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Cord Blood Stem Cells Stored at No Cost to Families with an Identified Medical Need Provide Therapeutic Options
Date:2/14/2013

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Stem Cell Collection Pilot Paves Path to Clinical Trial Enrollment
"We created the Newborn Possibilities Program as a catalyst for medical researchers to advance clinical trials involving newborn stem cells," says Geoffrey Crouse , chief executive officer of CBR.  "At the same time, we help identify families with a diagnosed condition who might directly benefit from family banking through a transplant."

Cherie Lennex has also enrolled her son, Nathan, in the cord blood stem cell trial for cerebral palsy in Georgia. She had learned about her options for saving cord blood, but could not fit private storage in her budget at the time. Her pregnancy was routine, but Nathan came early, qualifying her for the Newborn Possibilities Program Tucson Medical Center pilot.

"When representatives from the program called for a routine follow-up to check on Nathan's development, we confirmed he was missing milestones and might be at risk for developing cerebral palsy," noted Lennex. "Nathan was my first child and I hadn't really considered that something might be wrong with his development. Once he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and we were informed of the study in Georgia, it became immensely clear just how fortunate we are to have his stem cells stored. We are very grateful."

In less than two years under the Newborn Possibilities Program Tucson Medical Center pilot, cord blood stem cells were collected and stored at no cost from more than 1,100 babies who demonstrated signs of potential neurologic damage based upon predetermined criteria. Following the cord blood collection, CBR program managers contact the families on a regular basis to track the children's medical and developmental status. Of those who have been evaluated to date, early assessments helped CBR  identify seven children within one year of their bi
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