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Recent News Articles

Cord blood collections at DHR Health Women’s Hospital have helped save lives since 2008
February 12, 2019
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The Texas Cord Blood Bank (TCBB) presented a plaque today to the labor and delivery teams at DHR Health (DHR) Women’s Hospital for their outstanding efforts in collecting umbilical cord blood donations from generous mothers who give birth at the hospital and decide to donate.

TCBB is a program of GenCure, a subsidiary of San Antonio nonprofit BioBridge Global, and a Texas-wide source of lifesaving cord blood.

“Our hospital is proud to partner with Texas Cord Blood Bank and facilitate cord blood donations. We know how beneficial stem cells found in cord blood can be for someone who is sick,” said Aida Martinez Gonzalez, Vice President of DHR Health Women’s Hospital. “We are honored to have GenCure present our team with a plaque containing the name of the stem cell recipients. It’s special, it signifies the lives we have been able to help and hopefully cure.” 

January 10, 2019
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Dr. Jessica Raley, Director of Community Engagement and the Apheresis Center at GenCure, recently gave a presentation to faculty, residents and medical students at the UT Long School of Medicine about communication barriers and strategies to improve informed consent.

Dr. Raley was invited to give her presentation by the Pediatrics Grand Rounds Committee. Her presentation, “The Struggle is Real: Examining Communication Barriers and Strategies to Improve Informed Consent,” identified common provider, patient and context barriers to conversations about informed consent.

Her talk was focused on her program of research navigating difficult healthcare conversations like bedside rounds, discharge summaries and patient handoffs.

Mother of three hopes to find a match and add donors to national marrow registry
December 10, 2018
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Taylor Castro has dedicated her life to her family and community, but the young mother of three never expected that she would one day be in need of a bone marrow transplant. 

In early October 2018, six months after giving birth to her youngest daughter, Castro was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. Her best hope for a cure is a bone marrow transplant. 

“Even before my diagnosis, I knew about the importance of people joining the registry,” Castro said. “Now that I am actually in it, I can really see how sad it is. Not that many people are on the registry and a lot of people are dying.” 

Castro has worked as a document control coordinator at the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center (STBTC), a subsidiary of nonprofit BioBridge Global, for almost two years. She also has volunteered for marrow awareness events, including World Marrow Donor Day. 

Austin family donates to a patient in need
November 28, 2018
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When Allison Higgins signed up for the national marrow donor registry more than four years ago, she never expected to be a match for a patient.

So when she learned she was a match in October 2018, she had no hesitations about donating – and neither did her family.

“Once I let them know what it was all about, my family was really excited,” said Higgins, who is an accountant with Apple based in Austin. “They said, ‘This is an incredible opportunity. This is so great that you’re able to help someone in this way.’”

November is National Marrow Awareness Month, when organizations like GenCure, a subsidiary of San Antonio nonprofit BioBridge Global, recognize stem cell and bone marrow donors who help save lives around the world and raise awareness about the marrow registry.

Texas Cord Blood Bank gives hope to patients locally and around the world
November 15, 2018
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A week after Sedrick was born, he was diagnosed with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), a rare genetic disease that causes a child to be born with little to no immune system. Sedrick’s diagnosis meant he was susceptible to life-threatening infections. His parents isolated him, and themselves, at home while eagerly waiting for a cure.

Fortunately, Sedrick received a lifesaving cord blood transplant several weeks after his diagnosis and is now looking forward to his 4-year birthday.

“It was such a relief,” said Sedrick’s mother Franziska. “You’ve been told your baby is going to die without a cord blood transplant and you’re just waiting to hear if there’s a match. Once we got the call that we found the match, we knew that we could move forward.”

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