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We are the host / organizer of World Cord Blood Day (November 17th, 2020): www.WorldCordBloodDay.org
Volunteer Task: Each year, we look for individuals interested in helping us to advance cord blood education and build awareness about cord blood stem cells. The main way volunteers help is by becoming an Official Participant and sharing the information we provide (online and/or in-person) to their local community. This is a free event, open to all.
We will ask volunteers to learn about World Cord Blood Day, the purpose and basic structure of this event. We will host a group Zoom session to explain the basics to everyone. Each volunteer will decide how they would like help advance cord blood education in their community using the tools we provide for free. To provide each volunteer with the necessary materials, we will ask each person to become an Official Participant and list their activity on the World Cord Blood Day website.
This is NOT a fundraising event.
Special focus for 2020 - Cord blood and Covid-19: Covid-19 has affected everyone and cord blood is no different. However, in the case of cord blood, it has actually been a life-saver for patients in need of a stem cell transplant. Because the majority of donated cord blood was stored prior to Covid, it is considered "Covid Safe." These stem cell units are easily matched and can be shipped in just days to transplant clinics with patients in need of a life-saving stem cell transplant. Patients who may have lost their bone marrow donor due to Covid restrictions worldwide are now finding new hope thanks to cord blood.
Background on World Cord Blood Day: World Cord Blood Day started from a need to expand cord blood education globally. The world of medicine is quickly changing. In 1988, an important event happened that would forever change the way we look at our bodies and the birthing process. The event was a cord blood stem cell transplant performed by Dr. Eliane Gluckman in France. It saved a young boy's life who was fighting Fanconi Anemia.
Around the world, doctors began to explore the possibilities of using this new found source of non-controversial stem cells: cord blood.
To date there have been over 40,000 cord blood transplants worldwide. Cord blood stem cells are currently used to treat over 80 different life-threatening diseases such as leukemia, lymphoma and sickle cell anemia. Cord blood stem cells are also proving critical to new areas of regenerative medicine to potentially treat spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, autism, type 1 diabetes and much more.
Using cord blood is no longer science-fiction or just a "hope." It is being used on a daily basis. Yet, sadly, most of the general public is not aware of the need to preserve this valuable natural resource. In the majority of births (easily over 98% in some countries), cord blood is thrown away as medical waste. Why? Why throw it away if it can help someone? The answer is lack of awareness and cord blood education.
Without updated information regarding cord blood, doctors and parents will continue to throw it away. . . a wasted opportunity. Governments and policy makers worldwide need relevant and accurate information about cord blood stem cells in order to establish policies that help the greater good without hampering innovation. Tomorrow's parents also need unbiased and accurate information on cord blood so that they can make the best choice for their families and their communities.
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About SAVE THE CORD FOUNDATION
120 S HOUGHTON RD STE 138 PMB 271, TUCSON, AZ 85748, US
Save the Cord Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, was established to promote awareness of the life-saving benefits of cord blood based on unbiased and factual information. The Foundation educates parents, health professionals and the general public about the need to preserve this valuable medical resource while providing information on both public cord blood donation programs and family cord blood banks worldwide.
Save the Cord Foundation promotes awareness of the life-saving benefits of cord blood based on unbiased and factual information. The Foundation educates parents, health professionals and the general public about the need to preserve this valuable medical resource while providing information on both public cord blood donation programs and family cord blood banks worldwide.
The world’s first cord blood transplant was performed in 1988 by Dr. Eliane Gluckman in France. Since that time there have been over 35,000 cord blood transplants worldwide. Cord blood stem cells are currently used to treat over 80 different life-threatening diseases such as leukemia, lymphoma and sickle cell anemia. Many public registries (such as Be The Match/NMDP) list cord blood donations alongside bone marrow donors so that patients in need can more easily find a match worldwide. Cord blood stem cells are also proving critical to regenerative medicine to potentially treat cerebral palsy, autism, type 1 diabetes, spinal cord injuries and more.
Health & Medicine
Tue Oct 27, 2020 - Mon Nov 30, 2020
This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.
October 27, 2020
Marketing & Communications (Mar/Com)
Social Media / Blogging
Must be at least 18
Orientation or Training
One Introductory Zoom Meeting for all volunteers. Each volunteer can then schedule activities and work as they need based on their own schedule and time zone. Availability on social media during events on November 17th, 2020 is also required.
Each volunteer will be required to register as an Official Participant after the introductory session.