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Blood Brothers for Life: A Family's Story


Introduction
When Julie and Jonathan Henderson found out that their two-year old son Nicolas had T-cell lymphoma they were devastated. They had just found out that Julie was pregnant, and what was supposed to be an exciting time preparing for the new baby, turned into months of doctor visits, hospital stays and chemotherapy. After Nicolas' chemotherapy failed to work, the Henderson's doctor tried a relatively new transplant procedure using stem cells taken from the umbilical cord blood of their newborn baby, Nathaniel. 

They worked with Cryo-Cell International, Inc., the world's first private cord blood bank and fastest growing Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cell banking company, to process, test and store Nathaniel's umbilical cord blood. Today, Nicolas is a happy, energetic four-year-old who is in remission. He and his baby brother Nathaniel share a special bond.


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Introduction
When Julie and Jonathan Henderson learned that their two-year old son Nicolas had T-cell Lymphoma, they were devastated. The couple had just found out that Julie was pregnant. What was supposed to be an exciting time preparing for the arrival of the new baby turned into months of doctor visits, hospital stays and chemotherapy for their first child. After Nicolas' chemotherapy failed to work, the Henderson's doctor suggested that they save their newborn baby's umbilical cord blood and try a relatively new transplant procedure at the time, in an attempt to save Nicolas's life.
With the recommendation of their doctors, the Hendersons chose to work with Cryo-Cell International, the world's first private cord blood bank and the fastest growing umbilical cord blood stem cell banking company, to process, test and store baby Nathaniel's umbilical cord blood. Today, Nicolas is a happy, energetic thirteen-year-old whose cancer is gone owing to the transplant of his baby brother’s cord blood stem cells over ten years ago. Through the experience, Nicholas and Nathaniel now share a special bond between them.

The followings are the Hendersons’ personal recounts of their journey in saving Nicolas’ life.
 
May-July, 2001
In May 2001, we noticed that Nicolas had a swollen lymph node.  At first, we were not worried because he did not have a fever, his energy was high, and his spirits were good. After a couple of weeks, the lymph node was still swollen, so we took Nicolas to the doctor. Initially, infection was suspected, but the tests came back negative. Then, allergies were suspected and again were later ruled out.
In the meantime, we received some wonderful news. In June, we learned that we were going to have another baby due the following March. What a thrill! Little did we know at the time what this new baby would come to mean to our family.
A few weeks later, our doctor performed a biopsy on Nicolas' swollen lymph node.  We immediately asked if cancer was a suspect, but was assured that cancer was not likely because Nicholas’ blood tests had been good and he was not showing any cancer symptoms. A couple of days later we called for the test results and were told that they were not available yet. As we later learned, the doctors already knew at the time, but did not want to give us the bad news over the phone.
 
July 19, 2001
We received the biopsy results on Thursday, July 19th, 2001 — one of the dates that will forever be engraved in our memory. When we walked into the doctor's office, we had no suspicion that Nicolas might have cancer. The doctor entered the room with a somber look on his face and said, "It's not good." He told us Nicolas was suffering from T-Cell Lymphoma, and he had made an appointment for us with an oncologist for the next day. At that point, we knew this was serious.
The next day, the oncologist answered our questions, took some tests and decided to immediately admit Nicolas to the hospital and begin chemotherapy. At this point, they also started talking to us about saving the unborn baby's umbilical cord blood through a bank like Cryo-Cell.
The doctors explained that we would only need the transplant if the chemotherapy failed to work. And if a transplant was needed, a test would be performed to see if the baby’s blood was suitable for the transplant.  If the boys were a match, the doctors could give Nicolas a transplant using the stem cells from the baby's umbilical cord blood. They said this would be a better option than a bone marrow transplant because cord blood transplants had a higher success rate than bone marrow transplants. We kept the idea of storing the cord blood in the back of our minds, but to be honest, we did not think we would ever need it — we were sure the chemo would work.
 
August 2001
Despite the horrific news, there was some encouragement. Initially, our oncologist thought he would find the cancer in Nicolas's bone marrow but tests showed that his central nervous system was clear of any signs of cancer, and the rest of his body was only 11 percent cancerous. Throughout this time, medical reports were optimistic, the treatments were going well, and Nicolas' blood was strong.
On a daily basis, we had to deal with infections, fevers, keeping things sterile, and traveling back and forth from the hospital. The upside was that Nicolas' spirits stayed high. He played in the house like a normal child, had lots of energy, and enjoyed watching his favorite cartoons. This made it much easier on us.

September 2001
Nicolas completed the six-week induction phase of his scheduled two-year chemotherapy treatment. The treatment was traumatic for Nicolas and, truthfully, for all of us. His chemo was progressing to stronger dosage and he threw up frequently. He started to get very upset about having to return to the hospital. But the good news, really the great news, was that the doctors did a complete reevaluation of his condition and the cancer was undetectable in Nicolas' body. They let him come home two days early.
 
Late September 2001
September 21st was another big day for us. The doctors announced to us that Nicolas was in clinical remission. This was an expected milestone in his battle with cancer, but we were thankful nonetheless. Nicholas had reached farther than many patients with the same disease. At this stage, Nicolas continued to be in good spirits. He experienced hair loss and some weight loss, but for the most part, he did not appear sick or tired.
 
December 27, 2001
This is another date we can't forget. We received the devastating news that the doctor found cancer in Nicolas' spinal fluid. Our doctor was very distressed by the fact that Nicholas was relapsing so soon and during such an intense phase of chemo. The doctors took Nicolas off the chemo because it failed to work. We were told that the only remaining option was a stem cell transplant attempt, and the best chance for a perfect match lied in the umbilical cord blood of Nicolas' unborn sibling.
Sam Sharf, the transplant coordinator at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida (where Nicolas was referred for transplant), recommended that we use Cryo-Cell to store the umbilical cord blood. When we contacted Cryo-Cell, they explained to us that it was a very simple process. We would simply fill out some paperwork and Cryo-Cell would send us a cord blood kit to take to the hospital on the day of the delivery. During the delivery, the doctors would collect the umbilical cord blood immediately following the birth and send it to Cryo-Cell for processing, testing and storing. We went forward with all the preparations and soon all there was left for us to do was pray for a healthy, and easy delivery, and a match for Nicolas.
 
January 2002
Despite the latest setback, there was some positive news. The cancer was local and manageable, so this was not considered a total relapse. We knew the best bet was still the stem cell transplant, and we prayed that the baby would be a perfect match for Nicholas.

September 2001
February 18, 2002
Our new baby boy was delivered via C-section at 1:19 p.m. He came in at 6 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 20 inches long. We had difficulty choosing a name. It was not until right before the birth, we decided on Nathaniel, which means "Given by God," in expectation of what his life would bring about. Nathaniel was a good boy from the start — not crying.
The doctor collected a significant amount of blood from Nathaniel's umbilical cord and sent it directly to Cryo-Cell for processing, testing and storing. It would take another two weeks for us to find out if Nathaniel was a match. Nathaniel's cord blood would remain at Cryo-Cell while we waited for the results.
The emotions on that day were unbelievable. During the birth of Nathaniel, I saw the medical staff remove the bag of cord blood. I remember looking at that bag and thought: there is my son's life! As that little bag of cord blood was carried away and packaged up, I literally felt like I was looking at my son's life. I felt a miracle in the making, and it was wonderful.
 
March 30, 2002
We were eating at the Olive Garden when we received the call. The minute the phone rang, we knew it was going to be about the stem cells. The tests found that the boys were a perfect match. We immediately got up from the table and began calling all our family and friends. It was the best feeling in the world.
Around the same time, we had yet another setback. We learned that Nicolas had an infection that vegetated in his heart and formed a clot. There was a mass attached to his heart valve, and we thought Nicholas was actually headed towards an open-heart surgery. This could have caused grave complications in the transplant process, but the clot dissipated after a few weeks. There was absolutely no explanation for this.
 
September 2001
Mid-April
Once the heart clot disappeared we were ready to begin preparing for the transplant. Nicolas had six days of cranial spinal radiation, three days of total body irradiation, two days of heavy chemo, and one day of rest. This was the protocol to destroy the cancerous cells and make room for Nathaniel's good cells.
 
April 30, 2002
Transplant day. Ironically, this day was somewhat anticlimactic. The blood had been stored since February at Cryo-Cell, and they had delivered it to All Children's Hospital a week before the transplant. The transplant itself was very much like a blood transfusion and only took a few minutes. After the transplant, we celebrated by shooting silly string in the hospital room and at the nurses. Nicolas enjoyed that.
 
Beginning of May
After the transplant, Nicolas began feeling sick from the heavy regimen of chemotherapy and radiation that he underwent a week before the transplant. Again, his hair started falling out and throughout this time there were some ups and downs - Nicolas spiked a fever and he had trouble retaining fluids. But on May 13th he started showing signs of engraftment, which means that Nathaniel's transplanted stem cells were accepted by Nicolas, and his white cell count started doubling. This was day 13 post-transplant and it was unexpected because this does not typically happen until day 21. On day 21 they took out Nicolas' feeding tube, and on day 24 he was discharged to the Ronald McDonald House.
 
September 2001
Eight Months Post Transplant
Nicolas has been cancer-free since the transplant, and his prognosis is excellent. He's an intelligent, energetic little boy who loves to play with rescue heroes. We've been very open with Nicholas about his cancer and Nathaniel's role in his health.  Nicholas says a prayer thanking God for Nathaniel every night.
We have many of friends who are pregnant or have had babies recently, and we have been telling them about all the benefits of banking umbilical cord blood through Cryo-Cell. Even without a family history of illness, we recommend it. No one in our family had a history of childhood cancer or any other types of childhood illnesses. If it were not for the option of cord blood stem cell banking, we might not be able to tell this story today.

Our Client's Stories about their experiences with Cryo-Cell

Colleen Fallon O'Connor

Colleen Fallon O'Connor

Started storing with Cryo-Cell back in 2003 with my first child. I am now on my fourth baby and have stored with all the others! after watching my cousin at about 4 years old battle leukemia and I mean battle this cancer, I decided as an adult that's storing each of my kids' cord blood was an absolute necessity!! knowing that one's own cord blood will always be a perfect match for that same person if needed is all the assurance I need... I'm sure in 10 plus years researchers will find even more uses for cord blood... the storage fee every year is now $125 and to me that is well worth the piece of mind knowing that if any of my children get sick their cord blood from birth can potentially save them!!! People/friends (who have beautiful cars, homes and go on more vacations than God knows) often tell me the reason why they cannot store the blood is because initially its too expensive and yes I will not lie from what I recall it can be anywhere from $1,500 to 2,000 to store initially and that is only a one time fee... I forget what the initial yearly storage fee is now because we are in the process of storing as my baby is due at the very beginning of October but all of my other kids are about $100 per year... however let me just say that I am a school teacher; my husband is a mechanic... we live in a very very small house and we have never taken our children to Disney World which is our ultimate dream one day. my advice to anybody who's contemplating whether or not they should pay the money to store blood is that one day if you may need that cord blood for your child or even a sibling because cord blood can be used to save the life of a sibling, you will wish that you had not taken that trip to Disney World and stored your baby's cord blood!!! Trust me, I NEVER WANT MY CHILDREN TO ENDURE WHAT MY COUSIN WENT THROUGH :) I strongly urge you to do the research on cord blood or urge a friend who is pregnant!! You will never regret storing.... :) from one very happy Cryo-Cell client x 4!!! :) FINALLY HAVING A BOY DUE 10/2/13 :) :) :) :)
Celebrity couple Jason Biggs & Jenny Mollen

Celebrity couple Jason Biggs & Jenny Mollen

We may joke a lot in life, but all kidding aside, when we learned the facts about how stem cells from cord blood and cord tissue can be used to possibly save lives, hell yeah we stored.
And knowing that our baby’s stem cells might be used for our whole family made the decision that much easier. We hope we never have to use them, but it is a definite relief to know it’s there and stored safe at Cryo-Cell.

Why we Chose Cryo-Cell
We did our research and compared our options but, when it came down to it, we would only trust our baby’s stem cells with Cryo-Cell. Cryo-Cell is the first in the world to do this, their reputation is second-to-none and their processing method is superior to the others.

Bryan Dattilo (Lucas) Days of Our Lives star and his wife Liz Cameron Dattilo

Bryan Dattilo (Lucas) Days of Our Lives star and his wife Liz Cameron Dattilo

We were so excited to bank our daughter Delila's umbilical cord blood with Cryo-cell, nothing but the best for my little girl! My wife did all the research and Cryo-cell's reputation really impressed us. Working with Cryo-cell was so easy, they were so nice and on top of things, the experience was great and we would absolutely recommend them to anyone.

~ Bryan Dattilo.

Tammie Fischer

Tammie Fischer

I was just browsing all the wonderful stories and wanted to add ours. We struggled for many years to have our daughter. We used donor insemination and don't have access to the bio-father so we knew that we wanted to protect our daughter. It wasn't even a question. During our research, we found Cryo-Cell and knew that this was the place for us. It gives us peace of mind to know that if we needed help, we have you there for us. Thank you for all that you do to help those who need it and to give peace to those of us who need it. -Tammie Fischer  "Play with your children, it's the best investment you'll ever make!!"
Christine and Robert

Christine and Robert

I initially liked Cryo-Cell because of the price, as compared to other cord blood banks, but as I continued my research, I found your website to be very comprehensive and informative and your staff very knowledgeable, professional, and helpful. After such a good experience with our first daughter's cord blood, there was no question about banking with Cryo-Cell again for our second. Christine and Robert
Bailey

Bailey

My daughter Bailey is one of the first cord blood babies in my circle of friends. Although she is my third child, because her father is white and I am black, we felt it would be wise to bank her cord blood; as we are aware of the difficulties faced when ethnic and multi-ethnic people are faced with serious illnesses. We are also supporters of stem cell research and applaud Cryo-Cell for your groundbreaking research, strong reputation and continued advances. Your reputation describes Bailey to a T! She is a smart, strong, vibrant young lady whose attention to detail in her fields of interest and strong sense of justice and service will serve her and her community well. Just like Cryo-Cell. Thank you for the opportunity to share our story, and continued success and breakthroughs in your wonderful work. Sincerely, Sidney, Proud Cryo-Cell Mom
Patrick Andrew

Patrick Andrew

This is my pride and joy, Patrick Andrew. I was adamant on storing his cord blood and my very practical husband had to begrudgingly agree. The company was recommended by my OB. I still asked and got info from the other companies. I chose Cryo-Cell because it offered the most affordable pricing and great service. I'm so glad I took this chance to give my son added security for the future. I wish I was able to do it 10 years ago with his older brother, Aidan-who's just as equally loveable as Baby P. And if we do have more kids, I'm sure we'll bank again with Cryo-Cell.
Preston

Preston

In 1999, after 4 miscarriages, we found out that the 5th time was the charm and on Oct. 26, 2000, Preston was born. We weren't familiar with cord blood stem cell technology but we were fortunate to have come across it through a pregnancy bulletin board my wife Lisa was browsing. It wasn't available when my step-children were born. We began doing research and decided Cryo-Cell was the company we would trust with Preston's future. After quite a bit of research, we found that Cryo-Cell fit our needs more than the other options we came across, primarily because they were a family oriented storage facility. Lisa and I both lost loved ones to cancer. The day that we found out about the pregnancy, I also found out that my mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer. It just made sense to invest in a Life Saving Policy should something unforeseen happen with Preston than buying a Life Insurance Policy. Life Insurance doesn't save lives, it simply cushions the financial burden at death. Preston was a miracle for our family and we wanted to give him every opportunity in life. I think we did that in the beginning by choosing to store his umbilical stem cells. I was blessed to actually perform Preston's delivery with our physician standing by my side. Nothing in life will ever compare with the moment that me, Lisa and Preston were connected as one at the time he was being delivered. It's comforting to know that if something unforeseen should ever happen, Cryo-Cell will be there to help us. They made the process so easy. It's been one of the best decisions we've ever made.
Caelyn

Caelyn

Caelyn is our second child, and we did not know about the benefits of banking cord blood with our first daughter. After a good deal of research, we decided to bank Caelyn's cord blood with Cryo-Cell for several reasons. Cryo-Cell was the oldest company, which made us comfortable with their stability and longevity. Cryo-Cell also offered the most reasonable rates. The process to collect and send the blood was also simple and speedy. It was barely an interruption in the regular birth process at all. The courier arrived quickly and picked up the package with minimal disturbance. We sincerely hope that we never need to use our stored blood, but rest much more comfortably knowing that it is there! Thanks Cryo-Cell.
Sydney

Sydney

We purchased the stem cord kit for our first born, but missed. She (Morgan) came 3 weeks too early and I was slow ordering the kit and it came the day we all go home. We passed the kit to our best-friends that delivered 7 weeks later. We were better prepared for our second born, Sydney, in 2003. Cryo-Cell staff were very nice, personable to speak with when we were investigating companies. The cost and security of locations were also favorable factors in our decision. I wish I could emphasize how strongly I feel about doing this for all the babies. I am sad that both of my girls didn't get banked. I pray they never need to resource the stem cells, but maybe could share with each other or cousin, if something would come up.
Lauren & Anthony

Lauren & Anthony

My name is Amanda L. My husband, Joseph, and I have used your service for our two children and have been extremely satisfied with both experiences. My daughter, Lauren, was born April 11, 2003 and my son, Anthony, was born January 12, 2005. My husband's sister had childhood leukemia so it was imperative to us that we enroll in a stem cell preservation program. Our main reason for choosing your particular service is simple: you were recommended by Anthony and Laura L. who were also extremely satisfied with your service. I believe that word of mouth speaks volumes. I myself have recommended you to Deanna B. and Suzanne S. and will continue to speak highly of your service.
Wyatt

Wyatt

I chose Cryo-Cell because it had a great reputation and with the amount of cancer in my family, I know that investing in the future of science was the right choice. Here is little Wyatt that will hopefully never need his stem cells, but can help other family members or even strangers! Thanks!
Baquerizo Family

Baquerizo Family

Isabell and Juan Baquerizo have stored all five of their kids’ cord blood with Cryo-Cell International. They first heard of Cryo-Cell ten years ago from their OBGYN in Guayaquil, Ecuador where they reside. Juan came to Quito where he met Cryo-Cell’s Ecuadorean ambassador, Anat Zoldan, and she became their Cryo-Cell connection for all five kids. “I would call Anat and tell her, we are having baby number 2…we are having baby number 3,” explains Juan. “My first two kids, Isabella and Juan Diego are close in age and we had a slightly longer break between Juan Diego and our next child, Stella. So when I called Anat about storing Stella’s cord blood, I asked her, ‘it’s Juan Baquerizo, I don’t know if you remember me.’” “Of course I remembered them,” smiles Anat when she takes over the story from Juan. “For me, they are not just clients. They are family. I have come to the hospital for the births or to visit Isabell after the babies were each born.” The four kids were teeming with excitement over the new baby, Amanda. Isabella explains that they are aware that there are other cord blood banks, but for her and her husband, Cryo-Cell was their top pick. “Just knowing every time that I’m confident the procedure is fine and when they leave everything is perfect. It gives me such a sense of security.” I asked Juan why he banked each of the kids’ cord blood and the answer to him was so obvious. “It’s insurance for them for life,” he explains. “Same as you open an account for each of your children, to save for university, we wanted each child to have the same protection. Amanda has a little more though, because this time we stored her cord blood and cord tissue.” Anat and I smiled, knowing of course, the sense in Juan’s rationale. And then, Juan added the slam dunk. “Only this is much more important than anything else.”