Heroes Program for First Responders
A primary goal of Stem for Life Foundation is to encourage and subsidize collection, processing and storage of adult stem cells for our first responders – the military, fire fighters and police. These stored stem cells are a type of bio-insurance that could possibly rescue those who risk their lives for us.
First responders routinely risk life-altering injury, including radiation exposure that can lead to cancer or even cause death. There are therapies in development that focus on using adult stem cells to repair bone and cartilage damage, heal chronic wounds and treat heart disease – the types of injuries and illnesses often suffered by first responders. Stem cell science also shows promise in regenerating damaged tissues and organs. Though in early development, lab-grown bladders have been successfully transplanted into people. Still monitored, these new organs have been properly functioning for as long as 14 years with all indications of continued success. We envision a day when a veteran who has survived the loss of a limb could be made whole again with an arm or leg restored with adult stem cell medicine.
Banking stem cells is critical for first responders and military personnel. Stem cells belong to the donor, for future possible personal use, essentially negating concern of rejection. Advantageous for both the patient and for society, we are working toward the day when stem cell therapies significantly reduce health care costs, save lives, return our heroes to health, and restore quality of life.