Los Angeles, CA (June 2008) - California Cryobank Inc. (CCB), a world leader in reproductive tissue banking, and The I'm Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation (i(2)y), one of the nation's largest advocacy organizations for survivors in their 20s and 30s, announced today their partnership to increase awareness of the fertility preservation options and additional support resources availables to survivors in their childbearing years. Their partnership will include a national outreach campaign to both young adults and oncology professionals.
Each year, nearly 70,000 young adults face the possibility of losing their fertility due to cancer and cancer-related treatments, simply because they are uninformed of their options. Over the next 12 months, CCB and i(2)y will strive to ensure every young man and woman dealing with cancer understands the opportunity exists to store their reproductive tissue for future use.
Along with an ongoing Internet cross-promotional awareness campaign, CCB's co-founder, Dr. Cappy Rothman, will appear on i(2)y's "Stupid Cancer Show," an internationally syndicated live talk-radio webcast about cancer in young adults, on July 28th to discuss sperm, egg, and embryo banking and the specific programs available to assist these young adults. Additionally, CCB will equip oncology professionals with i(2)y support materials at cancer centers throughout the nation.
"California Cryobank is excited to be partners with I'm Too Young For This!. Young adults affected by cancer now have a place where they can connect to their peers facing similar situations. i(2)y offers this unique type of connection through its online community where one can find live support groups in virtually any city," explained Rothman.
"The unmet fertility rights of young adults affected by cancer is of growing concern to the national public health interest. Partnerships like these are critical to improving best practices in the delivery of age-appropriate quality care to this grossly underserved population," said Matthew Zachary, Founder and CEO of iy, himself a 12-year survivor of pediatric brain cancer.
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 organizations working exclusively on behalf of survivors and care providers under the age of 40. Our mission is to end isolation and improve quality of life for young adults affected by cancer. For additional information, please visit www.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 licensed in New York and California, certified by Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments, and in full-compliance with all relevant FDA regulatory requirements. For information, call 866-477-3762.