Medical technology is not our specialty; products for kids and babies are. But Viacord is a different sort of partner in our ongoing project of serving families. Not only has Magic Beans partnered with Viacord for events for years now, but our company’s owners have banked their own child’s cord blood with Viacord. So it’s a little more personal: they’re not just looking out for our bottom line, but also our families’ health.
Sheri wrote about her experience with Viacord in our Spring 2011 magalog:
“Cord Blood Banking isn’t for everyone, but with a family tree filled with diabetes, MS, and heart disease, we didn’t want to take any chances… I was so impressed by Viacord’s ongoing research and the active role they take in finding new ways for cord blood to save lives. I wanted to support their efforts to push this new technology to the next level.”
You can get a quick summary of info about the company here, and here are a few quick highlights:
- To date, more than 300,000 cord blood units have been stored with ViaCord (Jan. 2014)
- ViaCord has the highest survival rate among those banks which have disclosed complete transplant data. The one-year patient survival rate of families who have banked with ViaCord is 88%, and the long term patient survival rate is 82%.
- ViaCord supports ongoing cord blood and cord tissue research at leading academic institutions in the areas of cardiac repair, cancer, stem cell amplification, Type 1 Diabetes, Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Stoke, Liver Fibrosis, and cartilage sports injuries.
And of course, then, there are the success stories: the kids who have, thus far, benefited from the use of umbilical cord blood cells in medical treatment. You can read one story here, and there are plenty more.
The potential for medical miracles using cord blood cells has barely been tapped, and Viacord will be part of the effort to discover and apply that potential. We couldn’t be prouder to be part of that effort, and that’s why we make sure our customers know about Viacord’s services as often as we can, at events that include our Drool Baby Expo, our Babies, Bellies & Brunch events, and the recent Grand Opening gala weekend for our new Fairfield store. No doubt you’ll be hearing about them again and again in this space!