In sup­port of a nec­es­sary cause

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE | COMMUNITY -

CALOUN­DRA Lions Club can al­ways be counted on for a help­ing hand. Re­cently, the club have been fund rais­ing for cord blood.

All funds raised are be­ing do­nated to sup­port cord blood in the way of col­lec­tion, stor­age, trans­port­ing and re­search.

Caloun­dra Lions Club’s did a ‘Gro­cery Grab’.

One of the many fun ac­tiv­i­ties the club does to as­sist in fundrais­ing.

Dur­ing the ‘Gro­cery Grab’, the lucky win­ner was Ms Pearl Lewis.

❝Lions Caloun­dra Club would like to sin­cerely thank IGA Caloun­dra for their in­valu­able con­tin­ued sup­port. — Julie Clift

Ms Lewis’ daugh­ter-in-law Karen did a great job in grab­bing $436 worth of gro­ceries in the time frame of three min­utes.

Caloun­dra Lions Club’s Julie Clift said “it was a fun and ex­cit­ing time for all”.

“Caloun­dra Lions Club would like to sin­cerely thank IGA Caloun­dra for their in­valu­able con­tin­ued sup­port with our fund rais­ing for Cord Blood. This be­ing their eleventh year,” she said.

Cord blood is the blood in a baby's um­bil­i­cal cord.

The stem cells in cord blood are dif­fer­ent from em­bry­onic stem cells, it con­tains stem cells that can grow into blood ves­sels, or­gans, and tis­sues.

Cord blood stem cells have been used suc­cess­fully to treat more than 80 dif­fer­ent dis­eases, in­clud­ing some can­cers, blood dis­or­ders and im­mune de­fi­cien­cies.

Among these are leukaemia, aplas­tic anaemia, Hodgkin's dis­ease and non-Hodgkin's lym­phoma.

Cord blood stem cells are also be­ing used in clin­i­cal tri­als in ex­plor­ing their suit­abil­ity for help­ing those with autism, brain in­jury, and other con­di­tions.

Each year, more than 2000 cord blood stem cell trans­plants are per­formed world­wide.

For more de­tails, visit e-club­house.org/sites/ caloun­dra/con­tact.php

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

BIG SUP­PORT: Caloun­dra Lions Club and IGA came to­gether to raise funds for cord blood.

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