Hi, I am Eric Drew,
"When I was diagnosed with a terminal disease (ALL) and checked in to the hospital for emergency treatment, there was nobody there for me to call on to advocate for me or to assist me with finding or evaluating treatment possibilities. The result was that I was sent home to die and had to work hard to find the treatment that finally savedadvocacy, the Eric Drew Foundation was born.
Tens of thousands of people in the US and around the world (many of them children) are being sent home to die and are suffering from "treatable" diseases which include various blood cancers such as Leukemias, Lymphomas, and genetic disorders such as Sickle Cell Anemia. Most are never given the option of the miracle treatments available using "non-controversial" sources of stem cells such as the double umbilical cord stem cell (UCSC) transplant that saved my life, and very few expecting parents are being educated on the value of cord blood banking. There are now approximately 50 diseases that are proven to be treatable with UCSCs, and incredible new UCSC treatments for 8 out of the top 10 killers in the US (cardiac disease, diabetes etc.) are now i in clinical trials in the US. These incredible treatments for Diabetes, auto immune disorders, and regeneration of tissue, bone and nerves are currently being conducted in various countries around the world. Many countries such as Japan have embraced UCSCs as a superior alternative source of stem cells than from bone marrow. my life. From this need for patient Largely because of the noise and controversy around embryonic stem cell research, these proven treatments using non-controversial sources of stem cells are largely being ignored and people are dying unnecessarily. Recent statistics show that a vast majority of Americans incorrectly believe that all sources of stem cells are controversial and involve the killing of a human embryo or fetus. There are 3 million births in the US every year, yet only 2-3% of these families are banking this extremely rich source of stem cells which may benefit the entire family. It is urgent and imperative that we all take responsibility to raise awareness and get patients to the appropriate facilities for immediate treatment, and to make sure that expecting families know their options with regard to cord blood banking. Please do your part by talking to people in your community, encouraging your local doctors to refer patients to these treatments, and encouraging expecting parents to bank the cord blood stem cells for the whole family when babies are born. If you know anyone who suffers from a serious or terminal illness of any kind, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help."