Cord Blood Banks
A LIFE SAVING ALTERNATIVE
Did you know that umbilical cord blood is very high in stem cells also found in bone marrow? This makes it incredibly useful and important as an alternative treatment in childhood leukaemia, aplastic anaemia and certain 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 has made a five-year, $2.25 million commitment to the RMHC Cord Blood Banks of Australia. With this funding we can help extend the services provided in Australia by the Cord Blood Banks and relieve the demand placed on similar organisations overseas.