October 19, 2012
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.
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