Cord blood stem cells could hold the key to potentially treating spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries. Learn about the latest research at Save the Cord Foundation.
Save the Cord Foundation (a 501c3 non-profit) promotes 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.
The world’s first cord blood transplant was performed in 1988 by Dr. Eliane Gluckman in France. Since that time there have been over 35,000 cord blood transplants worldwide. Cord blood stem cells are currently used to treat over 80 different life-threatening diseases such as leukemia, lymphoma and sickle cell anemia. Many public registries (such as Be The Match/NMDP) list cord blood donations alongside bone marrow donors so that patients in need can more easily find a match worldwide.
In addition, cord blood is quickly becoming critical to the world of regenerative medicine. Top researchers like Dr. Wise Young (Rutgers University) and Dr. Charles Cox, Jr. (UTHealth / Texas Medical Center) are leading ground-breaking clinical trials using cord blood to potentially treat spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries. Cord blood stem cells are also proving critical to other areas of regenerative medicine to potentially treat cerebral palsy, autism, type 1 diabetes and much more.
Based on the numerous current uses and the exciting potential of regenerative medicine applications, it is clear that using cord blood is no longer science-fiction or just a "hope." It is being used on a daily basis. Yet, sadly, most are not aware of the need to preserve this valuable natural resource. In the majority of births (easily over 98% in some countries), cord blood is thrown away as medical waste. Why? Why throw it away if it can help someone? The answer is lack of awareness and cord blood education.
Our mission at Save the Cord Foundation is to correct this. We work every day to educate parents, healthcare professionals, students and the general public about the life-saving and life-changing benefits of cord blood stem cells. As a non-controversial source of powerful stem cells, cord blood should not be thrown away. Get the facts on cord blood. Visit: www.SaveTheCordFoundation.org
Save the Cord Foundation runs several educational programs. It is always free to participate in our programs. Why not join us? Learn about cord blood and spread the word.