American Sickle Cell Anemia Association

Dear Senator Shafer:

The American Sickle Cell Anemia Association is pleased to express our strong support for your Senate Bill 148, the Saving the Cure Act (Keone’s Law).  We applaud your effort to create a Georgia Newborn Umbilical Cord Blood Bank and advance medical research involving noncontroversial, nonembryonic stem cells.

Sickle cell anemia is among the many diseases that can be effectively treated with umbilical cord stem cells. In the treatment of sickle cell patients, one of the toughest challenges is finding stem cells that “match” the patient. That is why passage of your bill is so very important.

Senate Bill 148 gives every Georgia mother the opportunity to donate her postnatal tissue and fluid for medical research and treatment. Stem cells can be harvested from this tissue without harm to the mother or newborn baby.

The American Sickle Cell Anemia Association proudly supports your efforts. Your leadership in this effort is very much appreciated.

Sincerely,

Ira Bragg-Grant
Executive Director
American Sickle Cell Anemia Association