After the birth of her youngest son Carlo, Lisa Valastro, wife of TLC's "Cake Boss" Buddy Valastro, made the wise investment of banking the stem cells from Carlo’s cord blood and placenta in the event that he may need them for future medical treatment. Valastro previously banked the cord blood stem cells from each of her four children's umbilical cords, ensuring that they would each have access to the best possible match for stem cell therapies: their own stem cells.
Valastro feels so strongly about the value of stem cell banking as the best form of 'biological insurance' that she wants to raise awareness and educate mothers on the importance of stem cell banking to their children's health. This Friday (May 11th) from 11 a.m. to noon she will be hosting a webinar called “What Every Mama Needs to Know about Cord Blood Banking.” StemSave encourages everyone to make time to participate in Lisa’s informative webinar. Lisa will be joined by Dr. Klachko of St. Barnabas Hospital and Short Hills Surgery Center and Charis Ober, founder of Save the Cord Foundation, for the webinar.
“For me as a mom, it was a no-brainer,” said Valastro, who first learned about cord blood banking when she was working in a gynecologist’s office. “Otherwise, the cord and placenta would be thrown away.”
Dr. Daria Klachko added that “Important strides are being made in the field of regenerative medicine, which is using stem cells to build different types of tissue that could potentially be used for traumatic injuries, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and more.”
Luckily, for those who missed the opportunity to bank their children’s cord blood, there are other opportunities after the birth of a child, during their childhood years and even into adolescence, when stem cells can be easily and affordably preserved for future use. Families have the option to bank the vital stem cells found in baby teeth and wisdom teeth, a procedure that is no more involved than a trip to the dentist.
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