With one week remaining in Cord Blood Awareness Month, two Olympic athletes officially became the latest supporters of cord blood banking. Krisztina Fazekas Zur, an Olympic gold medalist and her husband Rami Zur, who competed in three Olympics, chose to bank their baby’s cord blood with a trusted provider in California.

The couple admitted that they were interested in banking their baby’s cord blood immediately after Krisztina learned that she was pregnant. But by her account, the most important thing for the family was to find and partner with a trusted cord blood banking program.

“As new parents, we want to prepare the best we can to protect our baby’s future. I knew that it was important to have the cord blood stored in case there was ever a need for it.”

Krisztina is an Olympic sprint canoeist who lives in California, but represents her birth nation Hungary on the international stage. Rami initially competed for his home country Israel in the 2000 Summer Olympics, but became a US athlete for the 2004 and 2008 Olympics.

The family lives and trains in Newport Beach, an affluent neighbourhood in southern California. In addition to partnering with a trusted cord blood banking provider, the Zurs wanted to work with a company that catered to the southern Californian market. The family believes a local cord blood partner is in the best interests of any family.

The Zurs will also be taking their message and their experience onto network TV. Rami says the goal of the television appearance is to help more families across the US and elsewhere recognize the importance of using banked cord blood stem cells to help improve the lives of children.

“Whatever happens, we want our baby to have every opportunity to be treated with the latest medical technology and advances.”

More details about the Zurs and their experience are available by following the link here.

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