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CORD BLOOD DONATION KITS


Issue:
Cord blood comes from a newborn baby's umbilical cord and placenta containing lifesaving cells.  Cord blood donation isn't offered as an option at every U.S. hospital because there are a limited number of public cord blood banks around the country.  

It costs a public bank about $1,500 to collect, test, freeze, and store a single unit of cord blood. The high cost of processing and storing donated blood and the lack of adequate funding for public cord blood banks limit the number of public banks.

Some states have passed laws to educate expectant mothers about both public and private cord blood banking. While these laws offer valuable information to the public, many states don't provide the means for expectant mothers to easily donate cord blood. As a result, educational efforts can create a demand that can't be met in many local areas without additional funds to support storage and collection of cord blood units.

Why it is important:
Cord blood cells, like cells from bone marrow, are used in the treatment of over 70 life-threatening diseases, including immune deficiency diseases, a wide range of leukemias, cancers, metabolic disorders and genetic diseases. To date, more than 10,000 patients worldwide have been treated using cord blood.  

The collection process is safe, easy, and painless for both mother and baby and does not interfere with delivery. After the baby is born, a medical professional will  collect the cord blood.  The actual collection is painless and typically takes three to five minutes.

If the mother meets the eligibility requirements and the cord blood from the baby is determined to be suitable for transplant, it is stored at a public cord blood bank and is listed on the National Marrow Donor Program's Be The Match Registry for use by any patient who may need it.

What BE GREAT is doing about it:
Through your support BE GREAT is supporting the public donation campaign by sponsoring cord blood donation kits to be sent to expectant families who meet the eligibility requirements for donation and are not able to deliver their baby at a collection hospital. BE GREAT is committed to building the cord blood inventory to increase the chances that more patients like Alexander find their match.

How you can help:
If you are interested in finding out more  information about this program or becoming involved, contact us.

Are you able to support a program that can directly save lives?

Learn more about Cord Blood Donation:
http://marrow.org/Get_Involved/Donate_Cord_Blood/Donate_Cord_Blood.aspx
Facts courtesy of Be The Match.

 

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