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Monday, April 25, 2016

Benefits of Placenta Blood Banking

You probably already know that banking your baby’s umbilical cord blood could one day help your child or a close blood relative, but have you heard about the benefits of placenta banking?  As you are considering saving your baby’s cord blood, think about maximizing this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to protect your child’s healthy future by collecting placenta blood as well. When you bank your placenta AND cord blood with LifebankUSA, you reserve 60-70% more CD34+ stem cells. These are the cells that medical journals have reported as the most important for rebuilding diseased blood with healthy blood.

What is Placenta blood?  It is the blood that’s left in the placenta after birth. During your pregnancy, the placenta provides your baby with oxygen, water and essential nutrients and protects your baby against infection.  After birth, your baby no longer needs the placenta, but its usefulness doesn’t end with delivery. Just like the umbilical cord, the placenta blood is a rich source of stem cells.  Banking placenta blood in addition to cord blood gives you the ability to preserve significantly more of your baby’s stem cells. These amazing little cells can be used to save the life of a close family member in the future. When it comes to stem cells, more is better because studies show that that transplanting more cells significantly improves success and survival rates.

If the idea of taking placenta cells sounds scary, but that it is quite the opposite.  Placenta blood collection is a quick, easy and painless procedure for both baby and mom. After the baby is born and the placenta is expelled from the mother’s body, the placenta is placed in a canister and then into the LifebankUSA collection kit.

When your family welcomes the addition of a new baby, consider something more valuable than the newest and greatest baby monitor, consider cord blood banking and placenta banking with LifebankUSA and feel at ease that your family's medical future is protected. You only have one chance to collect and store the stem cells in blood from the placenta and umbilical cord. If you want to save more stem cells and have greater peace of mind, talk with your family and your doctor about the decision to save placenta blood along with cord blood before your due date so you’ll be ready.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Six Flags Great America Brings Summer Early

Six Flags Great America, the premiere thrill destination for all ages in Gurnee, IL, is ready to launch its 41st season in superhero style. The park is getting ready to open April 23rd and guests will have the opportunity to be a hero to a child in the community at the Superhero Cape-A-Palooza opening weekend event. The 2016 season also marks the debut of an all-new 4D interactive thrill ride, JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis.


Be a hero! When guests purchase a cape, Six Flags will donate a cape to a child patient at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Capes will be sold at the Six Flags front gate for $15 each and donated capes will be delivered by Bugs Bunny himself the week of May 2.

Super Deal  
Guests that visit on opening weekend, April 23 or 24, can purchase a ticket in advance, online only at sixflags.com for just $24.99. That’s a savings over $40 per ticket! Opening weekend tickets can only be purchased online and in advance at sixflags.com  
JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis  
This 4D interactive thrill ride was named by USA Today readers as one of the Top Ten New Amusement Park Attractions of the year and was most recently awarded Best New Product by International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis will open late spring.

 This season is going to be a fantastic year for our guests,” said park president Hank Salemi. Not only do we have world class roller coasters, but this summer we will be introducing the JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis award-winning 4D thrill ride that features the world’s first virtual vertical loop. Our guests are in store for an amazing summer!”  
The best value to visit all season long, including Fright Fest, is to purchase a 2016 season pass which is on sale now for $73.99 each when buying four or more and includes one free season parking passSeason passes can be purchased online at sixflags.com.   
The park opens April 23 for select days with daily operation starting May 24. Visit sixflags.com for a complete list of operating hours and more information about Six Flags Great America tickets, shows, rides, attractions and events.