In 1988, a group of pioneering scientists and physicians led to the first umbilical cord blood transplant in the world, which was performed by Dr. Eliane Gluckman, and successfully treated and cured Matthew Farrow (seen in photo below) of a rare and life-threatening disease called Fanconi Anemia. Matthew, a loving husband and father, is alive and doing well today thanks to the wonderful work of these medical pioneers who transplanted the umbilical cord blood provided by his then baby sister, instead of utilizing the stem cells from her bone marrow.
Since then, there have been more than 35,000 cord blood transplants in patients with over 70 life-threatening diseases such as leukemia, lymphoma and sickle cell disease. Keone Penn (also seen in photo above) was the first person in the world to be cured of sickle cell disease using umbilical cord blood. Today, scientists are exploring new uses of cord blood to regenerate cells in the body that have been damaged or have stopped functioning properly. Clinical trials are being conducted for patients with diseases and conditions such as Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Strokes, Cartilage Defects, Neonatal and Pediatric Brain Injury, Alzheimer's Disease and Spinal Cord Injury. Although there is no guarantee that these clinical trials and research will lead to clinical applications, exciting progress continues to be made.
The CORD:USE Foundation, an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, is dedicated to supporting patients, families and research with the utilization of umbilical cord blood stem cell transplants and therapies, and to educating the public on the scientific advancements and benefits of these transplants and therapies.
Thus far, contributions to the CORD:USE Foundation have allowed the Foundation to make grants available to patients with life-threatening illnesses, in need of financial assistance, throughout the U.S. to help defray the costs of cord blood transplantation and therapy which are not covered by insurance. The CORD:USE Foundation has also provided a grant to a family support program which assists families of cord blood transplant patients.
Future plans for the CORD:USE Foundation include providing support to the most promising scientists and researchers working on developing cures for diseases using umbilical cord blood stem cells.
We invite you to join us in helping patients, families and researchers in the advancement of cord blood stem cell medical therapies and science. Your contribution can help a patient in need or may help save lives.
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CORD:USE Foundation, Inc.
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