Cured with cord blood donation

Sarah Shaffer, left, holds her 19 month old son, Mason, at a press conference at Mercy Medical Center announcing a public umbilical cord banking program. At 5 1/2 months old, Mason was diagnosed with a rare genetic bone marrow disorder, and was cured with a cord blood donation. Also in the photo are <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100100600000000" title="Maryland" href="/topic/us/maryland-PLGEO100100600000000.topic">Maryland</a> state senator <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEPLT003212" title="Nancy Jacobs" href="/topic/politics/government/nancy-jacobs-PEPLT003212.topic">Nancy Jacobs</a> and Marc Shaffer, Mason's dad, on right. The Shaffers are from Lansdowne, PA.

( Baltimore Sun photo by Barbara Haddock Taylor / October 11, 2010 )

Sarah Shaffer, left, holds her 19 month old son, Mason, at a press conference at Mercy Medical Center announcing a public umbilical cord banking program. At 5 1/2 months old, Mason was diagnosed with a rare genetic bone marrow disorder, and was cured with a cord blood donation. Also in the photo are Maryland state senator Nancy Jacobs and Marc Shaffer, Mason's dad, on right. The Shaffers are from Lansdowne, PA.

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