We have ribbons for everything and awareness campaigns for every month.
July..... It's Cord Blood Awareness Month. I'm sure it's plenty of other awareness things but I'm most interested in cord blood and with good reason. You can read a little about it in this Reuters article. Cord blood is collected at the time of a baby's birth. Without getting into a scientific explanation, let's just say that cord blood can be banked and may provide treatment for certain diseases, might be used for bone marrow transplants and could be used in research. That's the third grade version which is all my brain is capable of explaining at this moment. The FDA explanation is a bit more informative.
What makes this one of those serendipitous things for me? It ties directly to a project that has become near and dear to my heart. Consano. There are research projects submitted for funding which are vetted by a Scientific Advisory Board. If you see something on the site that you feel is worthy of a donation, your dollars are going right into the hands of the researcher. Take a peek around to read about how it all works.
I spoke to Molly Lindquist many weeks ago. We were like two exuberant children. Both of us passionate about the same things..... and how can we learn from each other and really begin to see some meaningful change. Molly is in the breast cancer club. Consano is her baby. And I am honored to be one of the members of the scientific advisory board. I was invited to join the board during that phone call.
In the midst of the recent mystery commotion in my life, I received an email asking me to review a research project for funding consideration using the Consano platform. I love this stuff. I love reading about the science. And THIS project was all about cord blood. I was enthusiastic in my endorsement of the project. Apparently, I wasn't alone. The project is now one of those seeking funding with the help of Consano.
Perfectly timed. July. Cord Blood Awareness Month.