April 01, 2015

April is here and spring is in the air! The trees and flowers are in bloom, the birds are singing and it feels like the world is waking up together after that long, brutal winter we just had! Not only does the month of April bring with it this much welcomed change of weather and landscape, it also brings with it a fun, but lesser-known holiday.

No, I’m not talking about April Fool’s Day, but let’s all agree that day totally has the potential to be awesome!

I’m referring to Siblings Day on April 10th. This commemorative holiday has been around for a while but has gained popularity in recent years thanks to social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. (Hey, if you’re on there already, check out our pages! https://www.facebook.com/CaricordCordBloodBanking and @caricordblood) If you’re wondering what siblings have to do with umbilical cord blood banking, just keep reading.

The day was created as a way to honor siblings and show appreciation within families, in much the same ways Mother’s and Father’s Days were created. Several presidents have signed proclamations declaring the day as a holiday and efforts are being made to have it recognized by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Each April, you can see people posting messages and photos of or to their siblings’ social media to show their love and appreciation, but it goes beyond an online presence. Siblings have a unique, life-long bond and it is often one of a person’s longest relationships.

As parents of more than one child, you are able to give your children two gifts immediately upon birth – for one, a lifelong friend and companion as a brother or sister, and two, the gift of future health with cord blood banking.

If you choose cord blood banking for both (or all, if more) children, you are not only protecting them personally but you are also potentially covering the other child as well. If there is an instance where one child is diagnosed with a genetic disease or for some reason his/her own cord blood is not suitable for any treatment needed, a sibling’s cord blood unit has a good chance (25% probability of a match) to be the next best option! Cord blood does not have to be an exact HLA match to be suitable for transplant, but full-relation siblings are more likely than anyone to be compatible matches for each other. A sibling’s cord blood has the power to heal not only themselves but other family members as well.

So, this April 10th, celebrate Siblings Day and remember the power of cord blood banking for all the children in your family!

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