Dear Senator Shafer:
I write to express support for your efforts to create a Newborn Umbilical Cord Blood Bank in Georgia contained in Senate Bill 148.
Stem cell research can lead to many opportunities in addressing disease that disproportionately affect minority communities in Georgia and across the nation. Disease and conditions such as anemia, leukemia, lymphoma and sickle cell and disease have already been treated using procedures involving stem cells.
The creation of the Newborn Umbilical Cord Blood Bank would be a benefit to Georgia as the repository of stem cells presents great opportunities for new scientific advances in our State. In addition, the bank would be equitable for all of Georgia citizens, and socioeconomic factors would not prohibit anyone form accessing the bank when necessary.
Thank you for allowing me to comment on a bill that will help health issues tha impact underserved communities.
Terri A. Winston
Deputy to the President for Governmental Relations and Community Affairs
Morehouse School of Medicine