Save the Cord Foundation
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Save the Cord Foundation
Umbilical cord blood is a rich, non-controversial source of stem cells that can cure for more than 70 life-threatening diseases. But in the U.S., it is not recognized or valued as the life-saving treatment option that it is. Research is also uncovering cord blood's potential in treating brain injury, cerebral palsy and Type 1 juvenile diabetes, as well as regenerating tissue and repairing organs.
Despite its proven success and incredible potential, 95% of all cord blood is treated as medical waste.
Save the Cord Foundation is working to:
- Educate every expectant parent about the value of their baby's cord blood;
- Make donating to a public bank easier;
- Make private/family banking more accessible through insurance coverage;
- Increase funding for research and public banking;
- Increase availability of cord blood for transplants and research
With enough resources, we can make every cord count. Help Save the Cord Foundation educate expectant women with cord blood to bank, the physicians who are unaware of its value, and the patients whose lives can be saved.
Logan was nine months old when a physical therapist noticed that his arms were stiff. A specialist evaluated Logan and ran blood tests. The diagnosis was devastating: Hurler syndrome, a rare disorder in which the lack of an important enzyme causes joint and organ damage, and without treatment, will kill a child before the age of ten. The doctor was unaware of any available treatments and told Logan's parents there was nothing they could do to save their son.
Through online research Logan's parents found Duke University Hospital, one of two hospitals in the country that perform cord blood transplants on children with Hurler. Logan's parents were told to bring him in immediately, and Logan received a transplant of donated cord blood stem cells.
The recovery was not immediate and Logan almost died. But he pulled through, and Logan's body now manufactures the missing enzyme. Logan's transplant occurred early enough to minimize the disease's damage, and he is developing and progressing every day.
When the 41-year-old mother of two was diagnosed with non-nasal NK/T-cell lymphoma, her hematologist assured her that there was an 80 percent chance of finding a donor in the bone marrow registry. But no match was found, and she was expected to die.
Thanks to one mother who donated her child's cord blood and a collection center a thousand miles away, Tammy's life was saved. She was the fourth adult at Vanderbilt University Medical Center to receive a stem cell transplant using donated cord blood to treat non-nasal NK/T-cell lymphoma. And six months later, she watched her oldest son graduate from high school.
For more stories and information about cord blood, please visit savethecordfoundation.org.