Dr. Arreguin takes to the dance floor – Dancing with our stars

Dr. Manny Arreguin

Dr. Arreguin’s wife, Roxanne, hopes that the Chief of Staff at Tucson Medical Center and El Rio Ob/GYN Associates physician is channeling his inner Spaniard while he prepares to step out and foxtrot in front of an audience of several hundred next week in the name of charity.

Under the tutelage of dance instructor Ramona Daniel, Dr. Arreguin will be dancing at the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona’s Dancing with Our Stars event. Despite his wife’s confidence, Dr. Arreguin warns us that although he is very athletic, “Graceful, I’m not…I am naturally uncoordinated, despite my Spaniard blood, and dancing is physically and mentally challenging.  All these years what I have considered to be dancing is not dancing, but uncoordinated arrhythmic contractions of my muscles.”

For inspiration Dr. Arreguin has been watching professional dancers Victor Fung and Anastasia Muravyeva. “Not necessarily “Dancers with the Stars”, but rather world champion in many competitions.  Victor is the smoothest man alive!”

What drives someone like Dr. Arreguin with an already full schedule to add dancing to the mix? Jokingly, he says, “I enjoyed my diaper use as an infant and look forward to my end of life use as well.” Of course, jokes aside, that is the point: the elderly as well as children and adults with disabilities often need continence supplies.

On a more somber note Dr. Arreguin explains, “The Diaper Bank is a very important service organization in this community, filling a need that goes overlooked.  As an Obstetrician/Gynecologist I see women and children daily and know that the expense is a difficult thing, especially when there are special needs children involved.”

Fellow competitor, Mimi Coomler named Dr. Arreguin the fiercest of her competition, but Arreguin is staying mum on the topic, “I prefer to not know who my competition is, but prefer the element of surprise.” He’s also keeping secret what he and Ramona have planned for their grand finale, “I just hope I don’t drop my dance instructor!”

This new adventure into dancing for diapers has some added bonuses “I know my wife is very excited about the two of us now being able to dance in public. She would love me to be a dancer.”

Support Dr. Arreguin and the Diaper Bank by voting for him here. Every $10 vote is able to garner $30 worth of diapers for the vulnerable in our community.




TMC baby provides life-saving stem cells to a child with leukemia through cord blood donation program

Somewhere in the Tucson area, there’s a 10-month-old baby who was born at Tucson Medical Center last spring and provided life-saving stem cells to a patient who had no other treatment options.

And somewhere in Colorado, that patient – a child who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia – received the transfusion he or she so desperately needed.

AZPCBP_2ccThe match was made possible because of the Arizona Public Cord Blood Program, which TMC joined in October 2014. The program also includes three Phoenix-area hospitals and gives expectant parents the option to donate their baby’s umbilical cord blood – which is rich in stem cells – if they’re not going to pay to have it privately banked and don’t want it to go to waste. Donated cord blood is listed on the Be The Match national registry.

Since the program’s inception in 2011, 30 life-saving matches have been made including this one – the first match for TMC.


Maya Adams

The baby was delivered by Maya Adams, a midwife with El Rio Community Health Center. “It gives me goose bumps to think how we have been able to give hope to that family in Colorado,” said Adams, who credits the donor family and TMC for the match. “I’m just happy to have helped make a difference.”

And for Adams, the news is bittersweet. Her father passed away from leukemia a year and a half ago after he ran out of treatment options.

“This family in Colorado is so blessed to have the opportunity to have a different outcome than my father had,” she said.

Nurse Erica Schroyer and cord blood consenter Ali Baker were also part of the collection.


Erica Schroyer

When Schroyer received word about the match, she was really moved. “Our nursing staff saves lives and changes lives for the better every day, and it is a blessing every time. With the cord blood donation program, we offer our patient families that incredible opportunity to save a life as well.”

Baker added, “I was so excited to learn that one of our cord blood units was used for transplant! It is so encouraging to know that the selfless generosity of this donor family combined with our efforts has made all the difference in the world to a leukemia patient and their family. The positive ripple effect our program creates is truly immeasurable, and I’m looking forward to more matches in 2016.”


Ali Baker

According to Be The Match, cord blood is rich in stem cells and can often be used in place of bone marrow. A transplant replaces a patient’s unhealthy cells with healthy ones. Bone marrow requires a near perfect match – seven or eight out of eight markers. But cord blood only requires four out of six markers be matched. Also with cord blood, if a matching unit is identified, the patient can receive that blood in mere days. With bone marrow, it may take weeks or more as the donor is located and the preparation work is done. And finally, cord blood transplant recipients are less likely to get graft-versus-host disease after their transplant. The disease presents itself in the form of a rash all over the patient’s body.

“We are so appreciative to Maya and all of our providers who have helped make this program so successful, so quickly,” said Kristen Wilt, TMC cord blood coordinator. “As part of this program, we are asking providers to collect this blood out of the goodness of their hearts. While it only takes a few minutes to do, it does require extra effort and skill. This match is proof that investing in that little extra time after delivery can have a tremendous impact.“

The program is free for patients, and everything is kept confidential. Since a patient’s privacy is protected, no other details about the baby or the recipient will be made available.

The Save the Cord Foundation, a Tucson-based nonprofit, is proud to partner with the program and be the voice for unbiased cord blood education and awareness.

More information about the program can be found by clicking here.

Click here to see a new video about Dylan Praskins, an Arizona boy whose life was saved because of donated cord blood.


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