An encounter between Cryo-Cell International cord blood educator Katie Persons and one very special mom:
One mom's story
"One morning, I got into a conversation with a mom I met in an OBGYN’s office in Clearwater, Florida. She was with her daughter who looked to me to be about 7. I feel very strongly about providing education on the benefits of cord blood banking, so I approached her, not frankly sure if she was even pregnant!
She seemed "clued-in" to who I was from the start, and when I asked her, “Have you considered cord blood banking for your baby,” the mom confided in me that her daughter with her at the appointment had recovered from leukemia as a result of a cord blood transplant.
Her beautiful daughter was the one who actually told me her own story! The daughter told me she was in the hospital for 3 years (which the mom confirmed) and that “I went bald THREE times!” Without intending to do so, I began crying as the girl proceeded to tell me about her favorite nurse and her favorite doctor. She was a bundle of positive energy.
The mom explained to me that they had not stored their daughter’s umbilical cord blood stem cells and they had to find a suitable match from a public bank. Finding a match proved to be incredibly challenging as did the cost once a match was found. At first, they were at the wit's end thinking she might pass away before a match was finally found.
I discussed with her more about the differences between cord blood banking companies and about the advantages of Cryo-Cell International, being the most highly accredited cord blood bank and the only FACT accredited private cord blood bank in the United States. I explained how all 10 of the highest ranked cancer care centers in the US are FACT accredited.
She went ahead and enrolled and we gave her a 50% discount.
I thought about this encounter all day. And I had a lunch later that day with a number of physicians and I shared this story with them.
It’s just so real. And it’s important to keep that in mind. And more so, it’s too important to pass up."