As a committed supporter and board member of the Joanne Pang Foundation for the last five years, I fully support the important work of the Joanne Pang Foundation Cord Blood for Life program. Joseph Pang did not want any other parent to experience the devastating loss of a child due to an illness where a life saving treatment may have been available. Umbilical cord blood, discarded as biological waste, is a rich source of stem cells has been used to treat seventy blood diseases since 1988. With the documented shortage of ethnically diverse and mixed race cord blood units in the national registry, the Bay Area, and California in general, are an ideal location to collect cord blood units. The JPF launched the first public cord blood collection program, at no charge to donors in the Bay Area on January 19, 2011 and since then has consented almost 200 donors, overseen the online training of 135 OB physicians and practitioners at 28 California hospitals. All this work was done with the dedicated financial support of individual donors and grantors. I urge you to support this organization.
The JPF has done more for public cord blood collection in the San Francisco Bay Area than any other organization. All eligible donors are able to donate their baby's cord blood at no cost. All units collected and banked are entered into a global database and are accessible to any matched patient. The diversity of the Bay Area lends itself perfectly to increasing treatment opportunities for minority and mixed-race patients suffering from blood diseases or disorders.
I have worked with some of the board members. Their idea to help save lives is so simple, through cord blood donation. A cast-off that can be used for those who suffer from certain cancers. They have been creative and so fortuitous with their mission and their purpose. It's inspiring and exciting to see. They are making such headway. Those who take part and contribute to the Joanne Pang Foundation can easily see how each contribution can alter lives of others immediately. I work with a lot of non-profits and I can see how effective this group is with their time and the gifts given to them.
A donation to the Joanne Pang Foundation will be a step closer to raising the 2.5 million dollars needed to make a Northern California Umbilical Cord Blood Bank a reality. As a general pediatrian in the San Francisco Bay Area, I have met with many expecting parents who express an interest in donating their newborn's cord blood to a public cord blood bank (which is free of charge). They are disappointed to hear that currently only Southern California has a public umbilical cord blood bank. Needless to say, a public cord blood bank in Northern California is long overdue. Umbilical cord blood is rich in cells called stem cellls that could save the life of another child or adult with a life-threatening illness. Cord blood is otherwise considered biohazard waste and is thrown away after the baby is born. There are several private for-profit cord blood banks in Northern California. Private cord blood banks charge a fee for collection and storage of the cord blood. However, it is not recommended to donate to a private cord blood bank for private use unless under special circumstances. For more information about public vs. private cord blood banking, you can contact your pediatrician or find information from the American Academy of Pediatrics at www.aap.org. Please donate today! It will ultimately save a life!
I have tremendous admiration for Joe Pang's vision and the relentless passion of the Joanne Pang Foundation. They have set out to create a much needed umbilical cord blood bank in ethnically diverse Northern California. By saving cord blood, which is currently being thrown away, the Foundation can help save thousands of people that have blood related diseases. No longer will patients have to wait until a bone marrow match can be found. Your donation will help turn medical waste into miracles.
This organization's mission is to save lives through the public banking of umbilical cord blood. Cord blood has lifesaving potential because it yields stem cells which can be transplanted into patients suffering from as many as 70 different diseases. The Foundation's work is at the cutting edge of medicine and is non-controversial (unlike embryonic stem cells) and non-invasive. Join with me as we work to establish a cord blood bank in Northern California. The all volunteer staff is exceptionally devoted to this cause. Check out www.joannepang.org to learn more... and please donate today.
I didn't know Joseph nor Joanne before. I hail from Taiwan and a colleague of mine handed me Joseph's book after reading it and being deeply affected by it. You see, I am in the cord blood bank business myself and I represent Safebanker (Taiwan) Ltd. Safebanker is a private cord blood bank company in Taiwan. After reading the book, I was touched and compelled to do something in not only educating people but reaching out and helping families with similar circumstances as Joseph Pang's family. My colleague and I then vowed to get in touch with Joseph and when I visited the Bay Area recently, I was able to talk to Joseph, share our ideas and got his approval to establish a Joanne Pang Foundation in Taiwan. As a result, my wife, who is based in the Bay Area has recently volunteered her time and services for the foundation in her own small way and I am sure that with all the dedicated volunteers, the Foundation will be established and God has intended it to be.
Joanne Pang adopted us as her surrogate grandparents. She was a wonderful child - intelligent, active, fun and with an amazing ability to get along with everyone. We spent happy hours baking cookies, playing games and just having lively conversations. One day she participated in a school marathon fund raising walk; the next day she was diagnosed and dying from leukemia. Joanne and her family spent two agonizing years with endless hospital stays and treatments. Throughout this terrible ordeal, Joanne had an unbelievable positive attitude and provided encouragement to everyone she came in contact with. She was constantly thinking of others. In our final hospital visit, she smiled and said, “Oh, I almost forgot, Happy New Year”. Joanne did not have time in that new year but with the establishment of NCUUB, the first nonprofit, public cord blood bank in Northern California, other bright and beautiful children will have a chance for life. The umbilical cord blood stem cells provide life-saving therapeutic treatment for patients with various cancers, genetic diseases, immune system deficiencies, and blood disorders in the San Francisco Bay Area and worldwide. This is a cause that will benefit thousands and is certainly deserving of support.
I feel fortunate to have had an opportunity to know Joanne and her family. We met at Duke University Hospital where both Joanne and our son, Andrew, had their cord blood stem cell transplant. Joanne remains in our thoughts and in our hearts. Cord blood stem cells provide hope and saves lives. I am in full support of the Joanne Pang foundation in its efforts to establish a public cord blood bank. With your support of the Joanne Pang Foundation you will be directly taking part in the saving of lives. Herb Lee
I was privileged to know Joanne Pang as my talented and exuberant piano student. I was aware of her painful struggle with leukemia and heartbreaking decline for two years and also of the emotional suffering endured by her parents and her younger brother, Chris. The community who loved this child also mobilized for a bone marrow drive, but despite great local response, the right source of bone marrow did not materialize. There are no words to describe the despair of seeing a precious child get sicker and sicker while waiting for an elusive matching bone marrow donor. Joanne was a bright little girl with a child's curious, pragmatic and surprisingly scientific view of cancer, and I remember soon after her diagnosis, being amazed by her hopeful spirit when I visited her at home, and later, in the hospital. It is still difficult to believe that leukemia has stolen Joanne's spirit from her family and friends. The Joanne Pang Foundation created by Joanne's family in her memory seeks to create a public, nonprofit umbilical cord blood bank that would provide a source of healthy stem cells for a life-saving transplant. All the umbilical cord blood that are currently discarded as the medical waste in the San Francisco Bay Area could be saved, stored and deliver a cure and a future for other children with blood cancers and many other grave diseases. Joanne's family wants to channel their own grief and loss into a source of miracles for other patients. It will take the extraordinary generosity and kindness of the public to make this dream come true. The Foundation is Joanne's legacy and a most worthy cause, deserving of your dollar.