Light the Night with Xytex! Supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
It is estimated that a total of 149,990 people in the United States will be diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma this year. All of these diseases are types of blood cancers that may be treated with a cord blood transplant.
In a little over two weeks, on September 28th, a team from Xytex will walk in the Light the Night Walk http://pages.lightthenight.org/ga/Augusta13/Xytex in Evans, GA to raise money and awareness for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. At Xytex, it is important for us to be involved in our community and support the causes we work to help cure.
You may not realize this, but September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month. This month, organizations such as The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society are working hard to raise awareness and funding for all types of blood cancers. You can aid in lifesaving treatments and research by visiting the Xytex walk page and donating.
What good will that do, you ask? All donated monies from our Xytex team go to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to fund the continuation of life saving blood cancer research. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has dedicated the last six decades to this research working closely with the pioneering doctors developing therapies for these blood cancers. Since the 1950s, when the first chemotherapy drugs were developed, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has worked closely with these doctors and researchers to further expand the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society program. In 2011 alone, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society invested more than $76 million in blood cancer research.
Listen to Steven D. Mittelman, M.D., Ph.D. discuss bone health in leukemia patients:
Did you know that cord blood can play a large role in the cure of Leukemia and Lymphoma? Umbilical cord blood is a rich source of stem cells that can be used in transplantation, similar to bone marrow. Stem cell transplants can help the body replace diseased blood cells with healthy blood cells. This is similar to a bone marrow transplant, but finding a match can be difficult in a marrow transplant. Cord blood units are frozen and ready to go, making them a great option.
Listen to this amazing cord blood transplant success story!
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services states:
The chances of a successful bone marrow or cord blood transplant are better when the blood-forming cells are from a donor who closely matches the patient's tissue type. However, studies suggest that cord blood may not need to match as closely as is required for a marrow donor. Umbilical cord blood may be especially promising for:
- Patients who have difficulty finding a matched marrow donor
- Patients from diverse heritages who often have an uncommon tissue type
- Patients who have a life-threatening genetic disorder
- Patients who need a transplant quickl
Support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society this month and help raise awareness in your community. Without organizations such as this, life saving cancer research would not be possible.
For more information on banking your baby’s cord blood with Xytex, please visit:
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