Black Blood Heels: Season Four Recap and Future of Stem Cell Donor Registry
Black Blood Heals
by Tamara Weston
2w ago
Welcome to the Season Close Out of Black Blood Heals. In today's episode, our host, Tamara Weston, reflects on the impactful conversations and insights shared this season. She highlights the diverse range of guests, from physicians discussing the need for more diverse stem cell donors to touching stories of patients and donors.  Throughout the season, Tamara and our guests have highlighted the importance of joining the registry and the significant impact individuals can have on someone's life with a stem cell transplant. The conversations have emphasized the necessity for people to make i ..read more
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Inside the Life of a Stem Cell Donor: Eboni Nash's Story
Black Blood Heals
by Eboni Nash
1M ago
Welcome to Black Blood Heals, where we highlight the impactful stories of blood stem cell donors.  In today's episode, our host, Tamara Weston, sits down with Eboni Nash, a recent donor, to walk us through her donor journey and share insights into the experience of being a stem cell donor. Eboni joined the registry in March 2020, during the early days of the pandemic, and received the call to donate in August 2021, just a year and five months later. She generously shares her entire journey, from joining the registry to going through the bone marrow donation process, and how she has become ..read more
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The Pediatric Perspective: Gene Therapy's Promising Path with Dr. Arnold
Black Blood Heals
by Dr. Staci Arnold
1M ago
Welcome to "Black Blood Heals," the podcast spotlighting the cutting-edge advancements in treatments for inherited blood disorders. In today's pediatric-focused episode, we are honored to have Dr. Staci Arnold, a pediatric hematologist and oncologist, join our host, Tamara Weston, to discuss groundbreaking therapies reshaping the lives of young patients. Dr. Arnold brings a wealth of expertise from her work with children ranging from newborns to young adults, mainly those battling sickle cell disease and bone marrow failure syndromes. Today, we're zooming in on the complexities of sickle cell ..read more
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Exploring Ethnicity's Influence on Stem Cell Transplants
Black Blood Heals
by Dr. Edward Ziga
2M ago
Welcome to "Black Blood Heals," where we explore the groundbreaking world of blood stem cell therapy. In today's episode, brought to you by NMDP, we are joined by Dr. Edward Ziga, an esteemed pediatric specialist in blood marrow transplant and blood stem cell therapy. Dr. Ziga provides crucial insights into the unique challenges faced by the black, latino, and black caribbean communities in need of stem cell transplants, particularly in relation to sickle cell disease and other disorders. As we unravel the complexities of donor-recipient matching, we gain a deeper understanding of the importan ..read more
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Unpacking Health Equity in Transplant Access
Black Blood Heals
by Karla Dawson
2M ago
Welcome to another engaging episode of Black Blood Heals. Today, our host, Tamara Weston, is joined by Karla Dawson, the program manager on the health equity team at NMDP. They delve into the crucial topic of access to transplants and the services NMDP offers for searching patients and patients who have received transplants.  Karla provides insight into how NMDP is working to ensure equitable access to transplants and resources for all patients, particularly focusing on the needs of the sickle cell community. The discussion touches on the challenges faced in achieving health equity, the i ..read more
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Mobilizing the Youth: Empowering College Students to Make a Difference through NMDP Registry
Black Blood Heals
by Armani Oliver
3M ago
Welcome to another episode of Black Blood Heals. In today's show, we delve into the important work of engaging young people in joining the blood stem cell donor registry.  Our host, Tamara Weston, sits down with Armani Oliver, a sophomore from Morehouse College and an intern at NMDP, to discuss his efforts to inspire his fellow classmates to join the registry.  They explore the challenges, successes, and goals of the HBCU program, aiming to increase representation and save more African American lives. Join us as we discover the vital role of young leaders like Armani in the mission t ..read more
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Increasing Diversity in Stem Cell Donor Registry: The Role of African American Men
Black Blood Heals
by Dr. Jason Payne
3M ago
Welcome to Black Blood Heals, a groundbreaking podcast exploring the world of blood stem cell therapy. In today's episode, sponsored by NMDP, we shine a spotlight on the pressing need for African American men to join the donor registry. Joining us is the esteemed Dr. Jason Payne, an Assistant Professor/Pediatric Hematologist at Morehouse Medical School, whose passion for beating sickle cell disease and dedication to increasing diversity in the donor registry is truly inspiring. Dr. Payne shares his insights on the need for more representation in the medical field, emphasizing the importance of ..read more
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A Match for Life: The Critical Need for Diversity in Stem Cell Donor Pools
Black Blood Heals
by Dr. Brandon Blue
4M ago
Welcome back to "Black Blood Heals." with host Tamara Weston.  In today's episode, we dive into the critical world of stem cell donation and transplantation. Our esteemed guest, Dr. Brandon Blue, a hematologist-oncologist, brings his invaluable insights to the table as we unpack the crucial role of HLA markers in finding stem cell donor matches, the urgent need for increased African American representation in donor registries, and why this ethnic disparity exists. We'll explore the barriers to participation, such as a lack of awareness and education within the African American community ..read more
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The Gift of Life: Donna and Tiana's Unforgettable Encounter
Black Blood Heals
by NMDP
5M ago
Welcome back to Black Blood Heals. This week your host Tamara Weston explores the inspiring story of Donna and Tiana. Tiana, a selfless stem cell donor, shares her journey of joining the registry and becoming the life-saving match for Donna, who faced the challenges of myelofibrosis. Initially, Donna struggled with the complexities of her diagnosis, but her sister's proactive decision to seek the best Cancer Hospital set the stage for a life-changing event. Donna couldn't believe it when she heard that not just one, but two donors had been found. It was her second chance at life. Tiana's persp ..read more
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Providing Emotional Support to Stem Cell & Bone Marrow Donors
Black Blood Heals
by Be The Match
8M ago
In today’s episode you’ll be joining Tamara Weston as she discusses the mental preparation required to become a member of the stem cell registry and the potential consequences of choosing not to go forward with a stem cell transplant when you are called to donate. Joining Tamara this week is Caitlyn Squire, a Donor Services Social Worker at Be The Match.  Caitlyn’s role was created in 2019 to help and support the donors, whom we would not be here without. We know that there is this crazy thing called life that can change our best intentions. If you join the registry when you’re 18, but yo ..read more
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