Our History

When Save the Cord Foundation co-founders, Charis Ober and Anne Sarabia, worked in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, they were invited to tour a cord blood bank in Tucson, Arizona. It was life-changing. During their tour, these career women and mothers met two extraordinary children who had received life-saving cord blood transplants. One child won a battle with leukemia and the other with sickle cell anemia. They are both living happy and healthy lives thanks to cord blood. It was then that Charis and Anne decided that no more cord blood should go to waste.

Executive Director

Charis Ober, Executive Director Save the Cord Foundation

Charis Ober

Charis Ober is the Founder and Executive Director of Save The Cord Foundation, a United States-based 501(c)(3) non-profit charity.  She is a global advocate for umbilical cord blood education, awareness, research and legislation.  

Mrs. Ober is a graduate of the University of Arizona and has more than 25 years of  experience  in pharmaceutical and biotech sales, marketing and product development.  

Mrs. Ober lives in Tucson, Arizona with her husband,  Dr. Richard Ober and her son RJ and daughter Jillian. 

About Save the Cord Foundation

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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