Success Stories: Nathan Mumford

Nathan was diagnosed with leukemia in 2004. While doctors searched for a bone marrow donor, no match was found, and Nathan’s treatment options were dwindling. However, Dr. Laughlin, a pioneer for cord blood therapy, offered to oversee a transplant using stem cells from umbilical cord blood.

In November of 2004, Nathan received a stem cell transplant using cord blood donated by a young girl. His therapy was successful, and he now feels younger and more energetic than ever. As an African-American, Nathan advocates for the importance of cord blood among minority groups, and he urges people from mixed and minority ethnic backgrounds to donate cord blood.

Only a few months after Nathan’s successful transplant, his mother passed away from breast cancer. Because of his own experience, and his mother’s illness, Nathan now leads the Karen E. Mumford Cancer Foundation, an organization that assists cancer patients.

Read more about the life-saving benefits of cord blood here.