21 Lives Saved Through Valuable Cord Blood Partnerships

21 Lives Saved Through Valuable Cord Blood Partnerships

We have wonderful news!

The Arizona Public Cord Blood Program is growing and growing. We just learned that there have been 21 lives saved (and more expected) as a result of the valuable cord blood partnerships formed via this program! What excellent news!

The Arizona Public Cord Blood Program thrives thanks to the cooperation and support of the Arizona Biomedical Research Commission (ABRC), the participating hospitals, doctors, nurses, mid-wives, birth educators and, of course, the important role of the University of Colorado Public Cord Blood Bank / ClinImmune Labs.

The Arizona Public Cord Blood Program is a offered at four locations in Arizona:

It takes everyone!

Save the Cord Foundation’s role in this program has also been key.  We are focused on promoting awareness, educating parents and medical staff, as well as continuing to work with and support the key participants in the program. Indeed, we hope that this program will not only continue to grow but that it will serve as a model to other states who wish to do the same.

As we continue to promote the program, we thought it would be nice to focus on some of the key players of the program and find out what it means to them. Today, we will hear from the bank itself – the University of Colorado Cord Blood Bank / ClinImmune Labs.

UCCBB ClinImmune

 

 

The University of Colorado Cord Blood Bank has been key to this program’s success and we are happy to see that they are continuing to grow and develop along with the program.  We asked them to give us their thoughts on the program so far and here is what they had to say:

 

 

“For the past 4 1/2 years, Colorado and Arizona have enjoyed a wonderful inter-state partnership through the Arizona Public Cord Blood Program, in which umbilical cord blood collected in Arizona is stored in Colorado.  ClinImmune Labs and its University of Colorado Cord Blood Bank in Aurora, Colorado have been collaborating with a myriad of Arizona organizations and thousands of Arizona’s mothers who are enthusiastically committed to donating their babies’ cord blood with the potential of saving lives in Arizona and around the U.S. and worldwide.  In Colorado, we are processing the cord blood collected by highly competent staff at four Arizona hospitals (St. Joseph, Maricopa, and Abrazo Central Campus in Phoenix, and Tucson Medical Center).   Our kudos to the hospital officials and talented staff who have given significant time and effort to this initiative.  We are also truly grateful for the financial and programmatic support of the Arizona Biomedical Research Commission (ABRC) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Finally, we continue to be impressed with the Save the Cord Foundation’s wonderful (and objective!) education of Arizona citizens about the tremendous potential value of both private and public cord blood collection.

Since the inception of the Arizona Public Cord Blood Collection Program in 2011, 4,900 cord blood units have been collected by the 4 hospitals, and more than 600 of them have been placed on the National Cord Blood Inventory (NCBI) for future transplantation. 

Our major measurement of a successful program is “lives saved”, and Arizona cord blood has already been transplanted into 21 people with life-threatening illnesses!”

For those of you not familiar the University of Colorado Cord Blood Bank, here is a little background:

“The University of Colorado Cord Blood Bank (UCCBB) is a major component of ClinImmune. Since UCCBB’s inception in 1996, it has banked over 10,000 umbilical cord blood units and sent 760 for transplantation to 150 medical centers throughout the US and 14 countries. UCCBB has received a HRSA contract for each of the past ten years (and on-going) to bank umbilical cord blood for the National Cord Blood Inventory (NCBI). The bank receives umbilical cord blood from hospitals in Colorado, Arizona and California, and is a major source of cord blood units for Hispanic patients requiring treatment for a number of serious of blood-related illnesses, such as leukemia.  Especially notable is that in 2012 UCCBB was licensed by the FDA, one of only five public cord blood banks in the U.S. thus far, to achieve this licensure.

ClinImmune Labs - University of Colorado

New facility for ClinImmune Labs and UCCBB

UCCBB recently moved to a new facility on the Anschutz Medical Campus of the University of Colorado. The new space includes 4 clean rooms, doubling our previous clean room capacity and enabling ClinImmune to expand its stem cell processing and storage services into new arenas such as the use of mesenchymal cells for the treatment of diabetic wounds and to expand its private cord blood storage services under the CariCord moniker.”

It is easy to see why the cord blood partnerships with the University of Colorado Public Cord Blood Bank and the Clinimmune Labs are so important. We are very encouraged by the success of the program. Not only do we have tangible proof that 21 lives have already been saved thanks to these valuable cord blood partnerships but we can also see that there is an even brighter future ahead!


 

The Arizona Public Cord Blood Program provides those in Arizona with a public umbilical cord blood banking program. It is free to donate!

To learn how, click here ››

Visit the official site, click here ››

Arizona Public Cord Blood Program


 

If you would like to see a similar program started in your state, contact us.

Please help support cord blood awareness and education by making a small donation to Save the Cord Foundation.

 

 

 

 

Cord Blood Fact : OB/GYN has Key Role

Cord Blood Fact : OB/GYN has Key Role

Cord Blood Fact : The OB/GYN has a key role in helping parents decide if and how to store their baby’s cord blood.

Cord blood collection is still only practiced in small numbers, yet more and more patients are looking for a cord blood match — public banks need your donations.  For certain illnesses, your own cord blood or that of a family member is best — private banking may be a good option for you. The world needs both. But, how can you, the parent, choose? Who can give you the best information?

Most parents count on their obstetrician to guide them and usually that is a good choice. However, despite their best intentions, in some cases your obstetrician may not be aware of the latest developments in cord blood collection and usage.  Cord blood usage, research and collection options are changing daily at a very rapid pace.  This is great news but it also makes it almost impossible to keep up. But, don’t let the newness of the topic lead you to doing nothing for your child. If you do nothing, when your baby is born another cord will just be thrown away as medical waste when it could be used to help someone.  That someone could be a stranger thousands of miles away or that someone could be someone in your family.  Today, cord blood stem cells are being used to treat numerous diseases.

The truth is . . . it takes everyone and especially parents who ask good questions, research their options and insist on having their choice respected–all while keeping the health of the baby and mother as the top priority.

At Save the Cord Foundation, we know first hand how difficult it is for parents to get the information and support they need. Our partners at BioInformant ( @StemCellMarket )also know and have compiled a series cord blood facts that remind us just how important cord blood education is to all of us. Each week we will be releasing a cord blood fact and we encourage you to read these, take a moment to think about how our world is changing and then share the fact with parents and medical professionals to show your support for cord blood education.

THIS WEEK’S CORD BLOOD FACT:

Cord Blood Fact : OB/GYN has Key Role

OB/GYN has Key Role in Cord Blood Education (Source: BioInformant)

 

Expecting a baby?  Are you getting the best information you need to make an informed decision?  Get a free guide to cord blood by registering for our free baby registry. You will also get a free 1-year subscription to Pregnancy Magazine, free baby shower invitations and access to other offers.

 

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Thank you to BioInformant for their on-going support for cord blood education. 

Bioinformant - Partner in Cord Blood Education

 

Arizona Perinatal Trust Promotes Public Cord Blood Donation

Arizona Perinatal Trust Promotes Public Cord Blood Donation

The Arizona Perinatal Trust promoted public cord blood donation at their most recent conference in Flagstaff, AZ on August 13th and 14th.

The Arizona Public Cord Blood Program / ABRC and Save the Cord Foundation had the opportunity to participate in this exciting conference.

Arizona Perinatal Conference

Promoting the Arizona Public Cord Blood Program at the Arizona Perinatal Conference 2015

Pictured above at our exhibition table are Kristin Wilt, Cord Blood Collection Director from Tucson Medical Center; Wendy Barrett, Cord Blood Collection Director from Dignity / St. Joe’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix Arizona and Charis Ober with Save the Cord Foundation.

Kristen, Wendy and Charis had the opportunity to speak with over 150 of the nursing participants about the Arizona Public Cord blood Program and why the program’s mission of saving cord blood is so important. They spoke directly with participants about how the cord blood collected through this program is being used, the fact that already 19 lives have been saved thanks to this program and, of course, how to guide expectant parents through the process of deciding how they should save their future baby’s cord blood and what that process would involve if donating to the public cord blood bank.

Thank you Arizona Perinatal Trust for the opportunity to share this information on this important, lifesaving program with your members!

Every cord saved can save a life. Give life twice and donate your baby’s cord blood!

Are you a childbirth professional?  Contact us with your questions about cord blood and learn what options your expectant mothers have for storing their child’s cord blood either publicly or privately.

Arizona Wildcats Race for Cord Blood Education

Arizona Wildcats Race for Cord Blood Education

University of Arizona Wildcat Formula Racing

College support for cord blood education

Arizona Wildcats Formula Racing Team Prepare Race Car

Arizona Wildcats race for cord blood education and never have we met a more enthusiastic crowd!  The Arizona Wildcats Formula SAE students are serious about changing the world. These college students build a full scale formula car and race it around the country every year. It is an exciting project which pushes these future engineers to use their skills in new and interesting ways. These talented young men and women have a keen appreciation for innovation. They have a love for the sciences. They are constantly looking at how make things better, faster, more efficient. . . and they see the amazing potential of cord blood to change our world.

College Engineers Support Cord Blood Innovation

College Engineers Support Cord Blood Innovation

The members of the Arizona Wildcats Formula Racing Club enthusiastically show their support for cord blood education in every race they run with our Save the Cord Foundation logo emblazoned on the side of the official race car. They proudly explain to fans why Save the Cord Foundation represents the values of their team and why cord blood is such an incredible resource for numerous medical treatments including Sickle Cell and Leukemia as well as holding tremendous promise in the innovative world of regenerative medicine (of which these ground-breaking engineers will hopefully be a part).

We wish to thank the Arizona Wildcat Formula SAE club for their support and encourage them to continue pushing the limits in making this world better, faster and more efficient!  We will be right there with you!

Learn why it is so important that college students learn about cord blood from a source they can trust and understand why our partnership with the Arizona Wildcat Formula SAE Club is key in building cord blood awareness with the next generation of parents.

Race on, guys!!!

Arizona Nurses Association advances in Cord Blood Education

Arizona Nurses Association advances in Cord Blood Education

Arizona Nurses Association advances in Cord Blood Education at the 27th Annual Southwestern Regional Nurse Practioner Symposium.

Charis Ober from Save the Cord Foundation and Kristen Wilt from Tucson Medical Center promoting the Arizona Public Cord Blood Donation Program

Charis Ober from Save the Cord Foundation and Kristen Wilt from Tucson Medical Center promoting the Arizona Public Cord Blood Donation Program

Save the Cord Foundation and the Arizona Public Cord Blood Program want to thank the 27th Annual Southwestern Regional Nurse Practitioner Symposium for the opportunity to share information about the Arizona Public Cord Blood Program and it’s four participating hospitals.

Save the Cord Foundation is proud to partner with the Arizona Department of Health Services, Arizona Biomedical Research Commission to provide Arizona with a public umbilical cord blood banking program.  It is free to donate your newborn’s cord blood to this program.

The Arizona Public Cord Blood Program is a offered at four locations in Arizona:

Umbilical cord has blood-forming cells. These cells are collected, stored and made available for any patient who needs donated cells due to a disease in their own cells such as leukemia or a genetic disorder. A transplant replaces a patient’s unhealthy blood-forming cells with healthy ones. To date, 19 lives (and counting) have been saved thanks to the Arizona Public Cord Blood Program.

One of these lives saved is that of young Noah Swanson. His mother, Nancy Swanson, tells his amazing story in this informative video.

Charis and Kristen spoke with the many program participants of the symposium about the need to save cord blood, cord blood education and the Arizona Public Cord Blood Program.  This was a wonderful opportunity for the nurse practitioners from Arizona to ask good questions about collecting cord blood, the process of testing it for public donation, the criteria involved in approving donations for the public cord banks and the many uses for cord blood that are currently available. 

Are you a nurse practitioner?  Contact us with your questions about cord blood and learn what options your expectant mothers have for saving their child’s cord blood either publicly or privately.

 

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Save the Cord Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, was established to promote awareness of the life-saving benefits of cord blood based on unbiased and factual information. The Foundation educates parents, health professionals and the general public about the need to preserve this valuable medical resource while providing information on both public cord blood donation programs and family cord blood banks worldwide.

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