Thursday, June 01, 2006

This is what the apostolate is all about

It's about using the specific gifts with which God has blessed you to extend the kingdom of God in this world.

A Puerto Rican-born OB/GYN living now in the Archdiocese of Atlanta is successfully using his professional expertise to promote the use of adult stem cells gained from umbilical cord blood.

Go here to read an article in The Georgia Bulletin, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, about the man and the foundation he established to carry on this important work.

Excerpt:

TUCKER—Call it God’s natural gift to scientists of regenerative medicine. And in that context, the Babies for Life Foundation can be considered a divine instrument of distribution. This highly unique foundation collects donations of this “diamond” mine of stem cell–rich umbilical cord blood, linking new mothers, researchers and patients in need.

For the past five years Dr. Gerry Sotomayor of BFL has collected umbilical cord blood from newborns, sending it to cord blood public registries to help patients worldwide with the 65 diseases now successfully treated with umbilical cord adult stem cells—not to mention the at least 97 diseases that can be treated or cured by the various types of adult stem cells found throughout the body. The foundation, established by Sotomayor, has developed a systematic way to collect units at 10 participating Georgia hospitals from women who agree to donate cord blood at no risk to themselves or their babies, thus facilitating a newborn’s first act of charity. Reflecting the wonder of God’s handiwork, each birth provides 1.5-2.5 million cord blood stem cells. These and other adult stem cells are regenerative, unspecialized cells that are able to differentiate into various specialized cells that form tissues.

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