Cord blood stem cells are revolutionizing the practice of medicine. Today, there are over 80 diseases being treated with cord blood stem cells.

Examples of diseases currently being treated with cord blood:

Malignancies

Leukemia, Lymphoma, Multiple myeloma, Hodgkin’s disease, Retinoblastoma, Solid tumors

Immunodeficiencies

Severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), Purine nucleoside phosephorylase deficiency, Reticular dysgenesis, Wiskott-Aldrish syndrome, DiGeorge syndrome, Kostmann syndrome, Omenn syndrome

Blood Disorders

Sickle cell anemia, Thalassemia Aplastic anemia, Fanconi anemia, Diamond-Blackfan anemia, Amegakaryocytosis Histiocytosis

Metabolic Disorders

Adrenoleukodystrophy, Krabbe disease, Hunter syndrome, Hurler syndrome, Sanfilippo syndrome, Scheie syndrome, Sly syndrome, Lesch-Nyhan syndrome

Other Diseases

Osteopetrosis, Evan syndrome

For a full list, visit BeTheMatch.org (Diseases Treatable by Transplant) .

Help for families with a history of certain diseases

Cord blood transplants from a close family member have been shown to treat or cure a number of life-threatening illnesses, such as sickle cell anemia and some leukemias. Families with a specific medical need or history of some diseases can receive free or discounted banking. At this time, medical need is defined as a sibling that currently needs a transplant; a sibling that may need a future transplant; or another family member that may need a transplant.

Families can find help at the one-stop “Related Donor Cord Blood Program,” a part of the National Marrow Donor Program. Patient advocates work one-on-one with affected families to determine eligibility, match families with a program and answer questions about insurance coverage. Call 1-888-999-6743 or send an email to patientinfo@nmdp.org. Cord blood transplants are saving lives every day.

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Natalie Curry, one of the first cord blood stem cell recipients in the world, worked for many years as a cord blood advocate and educator. Her inspiring story continues to touch people around the world.

Leukemia survivor Eric Drew also talks about the double cord blood transfusion that saved his life.

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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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