Itzel Cervantes was 6 years old when she underwent the cord blood transplant. She had a diagnosis of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). The leukemia kept relapsing after chemotherapy, so that the only way to stop it was a stem cell transplant. But Itzel’s sibling was not a close enough HLA match for her, and a search through the national Be The Match registry failed to identify any donors for a bone marrow transplant.
Fortunately, the StemCyte public cord blood inventory held a cord blood unit that was a perfect match for Itzel, and it had an excellent dose of stem cells. Itzel Cervantes had a successful cord blood transplant in February 2013. The life-saving cord blood donation was collected by the StemCyte public bank in December 2001 at Garfield Medical Center in Monterey Park, California.
There are thousands of patients with blood diseases like leukemia, lymphoma, and sickle cell anemia that are in urgent need of a life-saving transplant. By donating your baby’s cord blood stem cells to a public cord blood bank, you could save or improve someone’s life.
Saving Your Newborn’s Stem Cells Is A Once In A Lifetime Opportunity
Preserve your baby’s cord blood for immediate access for your family. Anytime you need it.
Donate your baby’s cord blood to help save someone else’s life in the future.
90% of potentially life-saving cord blood currently goes to waste. Don’t waste a chance to save a life.
Our huge public inventory is diverse, collecting from different ethnic backgrounds.
As of August 31, 2019
We are proud of the amount of transplant units shipped around the world.
As of June 30, 2019
Our processing and storage environment ensure cell viability after a long term storage.
The longest stored prior to use.
Becoming a donor is simple, rewarding, and free. Your donation helps increase the national inventory of cord blood units available to those in need of a life-saving stem cell transplant. Banked public units from StemCyte are listed on the Be The Match Registry. When a patient needs a transplant, their doctor or transplant center can search the Be The Match Registry Database.
To donate cord blood to our program, your delivery must occur at one of the following participating hospitals: