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Watch this video and help spread the word. Thalassemia is preventable and curable and here’s how!

Checkout this recent video from the Cooley’s Anemia Foundation about a young woman’s struggle with thalassemia. The video, called: “Thalassemia: Hope for a cure” is available on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPPKvouhLvE
 
Watch it and spread the word! Thalassemia is one of the most common inherited blood disorders known to mankind. It is estimated that at least 12 children are born with thalassemia every hour in the world. With over 490 million thalassemia carriers in the world, in the absence of a comprehensive thalassemia prevention program, children with thalassemia disease will continue to be born straining the medical, social, and economic resources of many nations.
 
What is thalassemia?
Thalassemia is a genetic disease that causes weakening and destruction of red blood cells. An genetic mutation results in the production of insufficient or malformed hemoglobin, the protein that carries oxygen in red blood cells. Thalassemia can cause significant complications, including pneumonia, iron overload, bone deformitie,s and cardiovascular illness. A thalassemia patient usually needs blood transfusions every 2-4 weeks to keep on living, indefinitely. Unfortunately, this costly disease is particularly common among poor people. Without regular blood transfusion, they would die within a few years.  
 
Is there a cure?
Thalassemia is curable by stem cell transplantation. Stem cells are found in bone marrow, and thusly, thalassemia can be cured by bone marrow transplantation. Accepting the donated bone marrow, the person suffering from thalassemia begins producing healthy hemoglobin and healthy red blood cells. After successful bone marrow transplantation the child (previously suffering from thalassemia) never needs another blood transfusion in their lives. They are cured.
 
How does Cure2Children help?
Cure2Children helps medical centers in developing countries open-up self-sustainable STOP Thalassemia centers in communities where hundreds of thousands of children are affected. These STOP Thalassemia centers tackle prevention through cultrually sensitive genetic and prenatal screening to make people aware of their status. The centers also offer low-cost, high quality, bone marrow transplanations to cure children born with life-threatening thalassemia.
 
Help us make thalassemia a disease of the past. Donate today at: www.cure2children.org/donate

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