World's Leading Sperm Bank Partners With Global Cancer Advocates to Help Survivors Become Parents

Wednesday, July 9, 2008 General News
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LOS ANGELES, July 8 California Cryobank (CCB), a worldleader in reproductive tissue banking, and The I'm Too Young For This! CancerFoundation (i[2]y), one of the nation's largest advocacy organizations forsurvivors in their 20s and 30s, announced today their partnership to increaseawareness of the fertility preservation options and additional supportresources available to survivors in their childbearing years. Theirpartnership will include a national outreach campaign to both young adults andoncology professionals.

Each year, nearly 70,000 young adults face the possibility of losing theirfertility due to cancer and cancer related treatments simply because they areuninformed of their options. Over the next twelve months, CCB and i[2]y willstrive to ensure every young man and woman dealing with cancer understands theopportunity exists to store their reproductive tissue for future use.

Along with an ongoing internet cross-promotional awareness campaign, CCB'sco-founder, Dr. Cappy Rothman, will appear on i[2]y's "Stupid Cancer Show", aninternationally syndicated live talk radio webcast about cancer in youngadults, on July 28th to discuss sperm, egg, and embryo banking and thespecific programs available to assist these young adults. Additionally, CCBwill equip oncology professionals with i[2]y support materials at cancercenters throughout the nation.

"California Cryobank is excited to become partners with I'm Too Young ForThis!. Young adults affected by cancer now have a place where they can connectto their peers facing similar situations. i[2]y offers this unique type ofconnection through its online community where one can find live support groupsin virtually any city," explained Rothman.

"The unmet fertility rights of young adults affected by cancer is ofgrowing concern to the national public health interest. Partnerships likethese are critical to improving best practices in the delivery ofage-appropriate quality care to this grossly underserved population," saidMatthew Zachary, Founder and CEO of i[2]y, himself a 12-year survivor ofpediatric brain cancer.

About i[2]y

A TIME Magazine Best 50 Website for 2007, the I'm Too Young For This!Cancer Foundation is one of the nation's largest survivor-led advocacy,support and research organization working exclusively on behalf of survivorsand care providers under the age of 40. Our mission is to end isolation andimprove quality of life for young adults affected by cancer. For additionalinformation, please visit http://ImTooYoungForThis.org

About California Cryobank

Founded in 1977, CCB is a full service reproductive tissue bank.Accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks, CCB is also licensedin New York and California, certified by Clinical Laboratory ImprovementAmendments, and in full compliance with all relevant FDA regulatoryrequirements. For information, visit cryobank.com or call 1-866-477-3762.

SOURCE I'm Too Young For This!


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