A family says thank you to donors for the cord blood their child received through the RMHC Cord Blood Bank.
RMHC are the major private funder of Cord Blood Banks in Australia.The RMHC Cord Blood Bank collects umbilical cord blood which is very high in the stem cells normally only found in bone marrow. Cord Blood cells are mainly used as an alternative treatment in childhood leukaemia, aplastic anaemia and some cancers.
Fifty per cent of children needing bone marrow transplants do not have a suitable donor. Umbilical cord blood, which does not have to completely match the recipient, offers new hope to thousands of Australian children. In 2007 the Australian Cord Blood Bank had collected more than 24,500 cord blood units and released over 400 for life saving treatments.
Ronald McDonald House Charities made a 5-year, $2.25 million commitment to the RMHC Cord Blood Banks of Australia. This funding will help extend the services provided in Australia by the Cord Blood Banks and relieve the demand placed on overseas Banks.