Advances in Medicine

Posted on January 4, 2014

The Cleveland Cord Blood Center

Advances in Medicine - Cleveland Cord Blood CenterAfter a birth, life-supporting blood and tissue remain in the umbilical cord. Traditionally cord blood has been discarded as medical waste, but now it is increasingly being collected, tested for quality and type, processed for use, and stored as a potential source of regeneration for people with life-threatening leukemia, anemia, blood cancers, or other hematologic disorders.

The blood’s stem cells remain young and vigorous, ready to provide a new infusion of life for anyone whose tissue type closely matches, and who desperately needs a regenerative transplant of blood-forming stem cells. Researchers are now exploring the use of cord blood cells in treating other serious conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetes.

Through the Abraham J. & Phyllis Katz Foundation, Abraham Katz made a philanthropic grant to establish the innovative organization now known as the Cleveland Cord Blood Center, which collects cord blood from two birthing centers in Northeast Ohio and also from Emory Midtown and Piedmont Hospitals in Atlanta, Georgia, where the Katz Foundation is located. Thanks to its diverse pool of donors, the Cleveland Cord Blood Center is helping to increase the number of suitable matches available for the nation’s African American, Latino, and Asian populations.

Grateful beneficiaries report:

“I needed a bone marrow transplant, but I was difficult to match. The cord blood stem cell transplant saved my life.”— Brad Harden

“My doctor had given me two to six months to live. Now I’m back to riding my bike and walking.”— Diana Tirpak

“Ten years after my cord blood stem cell transplant, I still sometimes have spurts of energy where I can play sports like a teenager.”— Nathan Mumford

“After two bone marrow transplants failed, I received a cord blood stem cell transplant. This year I celebrated my five-year remission.”— Susan Fister