about us your baby’s
Dear Expectant Parent,
Our daughter was a parent’s dream, and we hope that your child will
provide you the love, pride, accomplishments and great memories
that she bestowed upon us.
Natasha was a loving, compassionate, magna cum laude graduate of
Cornell University. She never met a person she would not call a
friend, traveled the world having studied in Ireland and Spain while in
college and taught at the Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar after
graduating in 2005. She was diagnosed with leukemia upon returning
home from Qatar to attend Yale School of Medicine.
Over the next few years, we learned a lot about the strengths and
weaknesses of her treatment. The most important being that your
chance for a cure is often directly related to your ability to quickly find
a perfectly matched bone marrow donor in the NMDP registry.
The problem is that Natasha was the daughter of an African
American father and an Irish American mother, and it is very difficult what is natasha’s place why is cord blood important how does the family storage
to almost impossible to find a perfectly matched donor if you’re mixed process work
heritage. This is equally true for a high percentage of minorities. Natasha's Place is the nation's first MBE Cord blood is obtained from the umbilical
certified, cord blood bank. It is run in cord that links a mother and child. The Step 1: Enroll
All seemed lost until her doctors decided to go with a newer partnership with Cryobanks International, the hospital usually discards it after the baby is Go to www.natashasplace.org to read more
procedure using two frozen umbilical cord blood units that matched most trusted name in private and public born. The blood present in the umbilical cord, about the benefits of storing your baby’s cord
her. She became the first adult cancer patient to receive a cord blood blood storage for over 10 years. however, is rich in life saving stem cells. blood. Then either call us at 1.800.869.8608
transplant in Kentucky. or use the website to enroll or download the
Our Scientific and Medical Board of Advisors Stem cells are the cells that can become all
Natasha’s cord blood transplant gave her an opportunity to pursue forms and mail them to us.
is comprised of some of the most influential of the other cells in your body such as heart
her dream of becoming a doctor. She finished her first year of names in the industry, including Dr. Eliane cells, brain cells, and immune cells. Stem Step 2: Receive Your Collection Kit
medical school at Yale before dying from the complications of a bone Gluckman, who performed the world’s first cells continue to reproduce throughout life We will send your collection kit after
marrow transplant following the return of her cancer two years later. successful cord blood transplant. unless they are destroyed by diseases like you officially enroll – immediately give your
The sad fact is that she would likely be alive today had my wife and I Our Laboratory is fully accredited by the leukemia or chemicals like chemotherapeutic ob/gyn or midwife the kit’s caretaker’s
had an opportunity to bank her cord blood when she was born. American Association of Blood Banks, agents. You will die if you don’t replace your brochure to let him or her know that you want
Natasha’s Place, the International Mixed Heritage Cord Blood licensed by PharmaStem and the State of stem cells once they are destroyed. your cord blood collected.
Bank, Family Storage service was created to honor her and New York in tissue banking operations, and Stem cell transplants are being used to treat Step 3: Cord Blood Collection
give parents of kids like her a better chance than we had to watch registered with the Food and Drug more than 80 diseases and injuries including: Cord blood collection is simple, painless and
them grow old and achieve their dreams. Administration. We are also one of the 15 not at all harmful to your baby or you. Your
Leukemia Sickle Cell Anemia
banks in the National Marrow Donor physician, nurse or midwife will collect the
Sincerely, Lupus Heart Disease
Program network. cord blood after the delivery using a sterile
Theodore Collins, Ph.D., M.S., M.A., Co-Founder Diabetes Multiple Sclerosis
Natasha’s Place Our mission is very simple – we are here to Liver Disease Spinal Cord Injury closed bag system.
insure that mixed heritage and minority Stroke Alzheimer’s You will then call 1.800.869.8608, at any time
families and individuals receive equal access of the day or night, and they will arrange for a
Nobody ever thinks that it will happen to
to the life saving potential of effectively safe courier service to pick up and deliver what is
them…just ask our founder. However,
stem cell transplants, not because it's good collected for processing and storage.
banking your baby’s cord blood with us
business but because they're our family and
assures you that your family will have the Please visit www.natashasplace.org or call
best possible chance if any of you ever 1.800.869.8608to learn more!
needs a stem cell transplant.