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HOPE FOR A BETTER FUTURE

Many parents have already made the decision to bank their child’s stem cells. Here are some of their stories, and hopes, about Regenerative Medicine.


GEORGIA

A recent study in the Journal of Dental Research indicating stem cells from teeth may someday produce a cure for diabetes offers renewed promise for her 15-year-old daughter, Alexa. For Alexa and the nearly one million Americans afflicted with type 1 or juvenile diabetes, Regenerative Medicine could mean a world of a difference.

"When I learned of the research being done around dental stem cells particularly in the area of diabetes, I was filled with hope for my daughter. As any parent of a child suffering from a chronic disease knows, hope sometimes comes from the most unlikely places, so it is important that we remain open to exploring promising, new discoveries like dental stem cells."Georgia Spiropoulos

Georgia Spiropoulos is a member of the Board of Directors of the Northwest Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and a speaker at the Children With Diabetes conferences.

Georgia banked for her daughter

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CLAUDIA

Claudia is the mother of 10-year old daughter, Gabriella, who was born with a congenital heart defect. Claudia learned of the defect while her daughter was in utero, and was so focused on delivering a healthy baby that by the time she thought to store her cord blood – a source for viable stem cells – it was too late.

Years later, Claudia learned of the advanced research that shows dental pulp contains stem cells that could one day play a role in treating serious conditions like the one affecting her daughter.

"I felt like I’d been given a second chance to store Gabriella’s stem cells and hope that someday these stem cells can be used for heart tissue regeneration. Medicine is changing, and I want Gabriella to be ready if future treatments are developed."Claudia Vigorito

Claudia has since banked four of her daughter’s teeth and feels empowered knowing she has taken action to be prepared for the future of stem cell therapies.

Claudia banked for her daughter

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