After working for many years in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, the future founders of Save the Cord Foundation were 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 they decided that no more cord blood should go to waste. They decided to focus their efforts on estabilishing Save the Cord Foundation, as an independent 501c3 non-profit, whose mission was to advance cord blood education across the globe. Today, the Foundation is led by Charis Ober, our Executive Director.
Charis Ober, Executive Director
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, son and daughter.