Cord Blood Banking - Ng's Baby Girl

In case you hadn't already: We have a new little girl, Brooklyn Ng, born 6/25 at 11:25pm.

I am writing to you to ask for your help with a small donation. We have set up cord blood banking and registry with ViaCord. If you weren't aware, umbilical cord blood is a rich resource of stem cells which are immediately compatible with our little girl, as well as other relatives.

(excerpt from Wikipedia) Cord blood stem cells are currently used in the treatment of several life-threatening diseases, and play an important role in the treatment of blood and immune system related genetic diseases, cancers and blood disorders.
Recent studies have shown that cord blood has unique advantages over traditional bone marrow transplantation, particularly in children, and can be life-saving in rare cases where a suitable bone-marrow donor cannot be found. Approximately 50% of patients requiring a bone marrow transplant will not find a suitable donor within a critical period. In certain instances, there may be some medical issues around using one's own cord blood cells, as well as availability of cells, which will require treatments done using cells from another donor, with the vast majority being unrelated donors. However, studies have shown that cord blood stem cells can also be used for siblings and other members of your family who have a matching tissue type. Siblings have up to a 75% chance of compatibility, and the cord blood may even be a match for parents (50%) and grandparents.

As you would imagine, this process is not cheap. As relatively un-fun this is compared to sending buckets of baby clothes, we have set up a registry with ViaCord to help cover some of the expenses (as we will have plenty of expenses coming our way in the near-future). We ask that in lieu of clothes, toys, or flowers that monetary gifts be made to the ViaCord registry or other form of moneys be sent to us so we can cover this expense. This is an elective process that we have decided to do for Brooklyn (we did the same for Gabriel). Should something life-threatening happen to her in the future, your donation will help provide the miracle treatments from the cord blood to rocket-ship her recovery. No gift is too small and all donations are gratefully appreciated.

From the bottom of my sleep-deprived heart, I thank you for at least reading this, thinking about us, and sending us your support and prayers. We could not have gotten through all this without the knowledge that all of you are out there for us. THANK YOU!

Lots of love,

Jonathan, Kathryn, Gabriel, and Brooklyn Ng
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