Traverse City Record-Eagle


June 10, 2014

Smiths lobby for donation program funding

TRAVERSE CITY – A local woman and her daughter are headed to Washington, D.C. to ask for federal funding for a medical program that helped them save a life.

Carrie Smith donated blood from her umbilical cord when she had her daughter Ella in 2004. The blood, high in stem cells, was used in 2012 to treat a 58-year-old man with leukemia. The donation was made through Be The Match, an organization that collects cord blood donations and registers potential bone marrow donors.

“We’re advocating for the support and funding from the government to keep this going and keep the money coming in so they can continue the program,” said Carrie Smith. “I really want to get the message out to get donations, but unless they have the funding they won’t be able to keep it going.”

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