Victoria Angel is an appealing charity for six key reasons:
Stem cells are intriguing. Stem cells are to this generation as pharmaceuticals and penicillin were to generations before us. Stem cells have the potential to change science and medicine in ground breaking ways in the areas of transplant, regenerative medicine, and cellular therapies. People are intrigued by our stories of success using stem cells.
Our charity is unique. Few people or organizations have the expertise and experience required to start a public cord blood program. This innovative charity is unique in Canada.
We can help all ethnic groups. Cord blood is used to treat diseases in all ethnic groups. Some treatable diseases are prevalent in specific ethnic groups: Sickle cell anemia (African Americans), Thalassemia (Italians and Greeks), TaySachs (Jewish). In addition, Asians, Aboriginals, and people with mixed ethnic backgrounds have specific needs for cord blood. Canada is the perfect place to recruit cord blood and financial donors from all ethnic groups.
We can help all Canadians. Our program can be easily expanded to include operations in many Canadian cities. Funding is the limiting factor. Our public cord blood bank strives to be “the bank made for Canadians, by Canadians.”
We can help all ages.The most common use for cord blood stem cells is the treatment of blood cancers such as leukemia. Leukemia is common in young children between the ages of 2 and 8 and also in older adults over 65. According to the Lymphoma Society of Canada, the incidence of leukemia is increasing in young adults between the age of 18 and 35 at an alarming rate. In addition, our educational materials target young expectant parents and new grandparents in order to recruit new cord blood donors.
We can save lives. While many charities seek funds to help find a new cure or give hope, we are seeking funds to provide a cure that is already tried, tested and true. Cord blood saves lives.