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One Person's Trash is Another's Treasure: 3-Time Cancer Survivor, Nathan Mumford, Visits Baltimore

The importance of public cord blood banking (or "cord blood donation") is often overlooked by the media. Parents often realize too late that they could have donated their child's cord blood at birth and potentially saved someone's life.

    TUCSON, AZ, July 24, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ -- On August 4th, 2016, Save the Cord Foundation will be in Baltimore, Maryland with 3-time cancer survivor, Nathan Mumford, to spotlight the wonderful opportunity expectant mothers have to donate umbilical cord blood. Baltimore's own Mercy Medical Center has an active public cord blood donation program where expectant mothers' can give life twice and donate their newborn's for blood to save a life.

MEDIA INVITED for Photo / Interview Opportunity with Dr. Robert Atlas and Nathan Mumford
10:00 am, August 4th, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, MD

Mary Catherine Bunting Center, 345 St. Paul Place, 2nd floor
(Please note, no one is allowed past the front desk/security without signing in and receiving a badge. Contact: Dan Collins, Senior Director of Media Relations at Mercy Medical Center, [email protected], (410) 332-9714)

The stem cells in cord blood are powerful. Similar to bone marrow (and sometimes better), cord blood stem cells can be used to treat and/or cure over 80 life threatening diseases like leukemia, lymphoma and sickle cell anemia. Cord Blood stem cells are used much like a bone marrow stem cells to rebuild a diseased immune system. Cord blood is much easier to match than bone marrow and has a significantly lower risk of Graft-versus-Host Disease (GVHD). Yet, unfortunately, cord blood is thrown out 97% of the time as medical waste when a baby is born.

Meet Nathan Mumford. He is one of the many reasons we need to save and donate cord blood. Nathan's life was saved thanks to a cord blood transplant. Nathan has fought cancer three times and won. Yet, as an African-American, Nathan faced a challenge known to many. . . it was impossible to find a bone marrow donor who matched when he needed it most. His doctors did not give up. Cord blood was the answer.

"Each year, thousands of people are diagnosed with life-threatening diseases like leukemia, lymphoma, and sickle cell disease that can be treated with the stem cells extracted from blood extracted from the umbilical cord of newborns. Doctors can match cord blood to a patient and then transplant it to potentially save a life," said Dr. Robert Atlas, OB/GYN, Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mercy Medical Center. Dr. Atlas will also be available for interview. For more information about cord blood donation at Mercy, visit

Currently, individuals of minority and blended ethnicities are dramatically under-represented on worldwide public registries for bone marrow/cord blood. Yet, over 40% of all individuals who need a transplant are of blended or minority ethnicity. Collecting cord blood from newborn's of minority or blended ethnicity raises the chances that we can help facilitate more transplants.

In fact, cord blood donation is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, "Cord blood donation should be encouraged when the cord blood is stored in a bank for public use," (source: Cord Blood Banking for Potential Future Transplantation, Jan 2007, Vol 119 / Issue 1; ).

Nathan's visit to Baltimore is a wake-up call to the local community of parents, doctors and nurses to understand how valuable cord blood is as a medical resource. Join us on August 4th to save a life!

- Word Cancer Day 2016, focus on Nathan:
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- About Mercy Medical Center and affiliated hospitals in the Baltimore area:

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 the Next Generation, 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.

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