Another way for mothers to give the gift of life
As Mother’s Day approaches, consider this: A mom’s gift of life can take on new meaning for thousands of patients fighting life-threatening blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma. Choosing to donate her child’s umbilical cord blood could provide a cure for patients whose only hope is a stem cell transplant from an unrelated donor.
There is no cost to donate to a public cord blood bank, and it is completely safe for both mother and baby. Cord blood is collected immediately after a baby is born and does not interfere with labor or delivery in any way. Donated cord blood units that meet criteria are listed on the Be The Match Registry, so they are available to any patient in need of a cord blood transplant.
At the Hawai’i Cord Blood Bank, we encourage everyone, especially those from diverse racial or ethnic backgrounds, to reflect on the gift of life this Mother’s Day, and to please consider public cord blood donation. This simple act gives tremendous hope to patients all around the world, including those here in Hawaii, and could potentially offer someone a second chance at life.
For more information, contact the Hawai’i Cord Blood Bank at www.hcbb.org, (808) 983-2265, (855) 583-3085 or visit BeTheMatch.org/cord.
Randal Wada, M.D.
Hawai’i Cord Blood Bank