Stem cells are the body’s master cells. They create our organs, tissues, blood and immune system. Saving the stem cells from your newborn’s umbilical cord provides your family with access to these potent cells which can save and change lives, whether during childhood or later in life.
But you only have one chance to collect your child’s cord blood and that is at birth.
Cord blood has been used after cancer treatment for the last 30 years. Emerging uses for a child’s own cord blood include the treatment of brain injury, Type 1 diabetes, autism, hearing loss, spinal injury and the reversal of paralysis.
Frances survived a deadly cancer
At just four years old, Auckland local Frances was diagnosed with a stage four Neuroblastoma (a cancer of the nervous system.) Her parents were told to take her home to die. But armed with Frances’ cord blood they fought back and their daughter survived.
View Frances’ uplifting story of how courage and cord blood beat cancer.