Sarah Shaffer, left, holds her 19 month old son, Mason, at a press conference at Mercy Medical Center announcing a public umbilical cord banking program. At 5 1/2 months old, Mason was diagnosed with a rare genetic bone marrow disorder, and was cured with a cord blood donation. Also in the photo are Maryland state senator Nancy Jacobs and Marc Shaffer, Mason's dad, on right. The Shaffers are from Lansdowne, PA.
Baltimore Sun photo by Barbara Haddock Taylor