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Help for families in need

<< Free cord blood banking is available to parents if a close relative of the baby has a case of medical need. >>

A "case of medical need" means that a person in the family has been diagnosed with one of the diseases for which a cord blood transplant is standard therapy, such as leukemia or thalassemia. Families who can provide documentation from a doctor that an immediate relative of the baby has a diagnosis on this list can generally receive free cord blood banking from a charity program.

These "case of need" charity programs are at the discretion of individual cord blood banks. Both public and private cord blood banks usually offer "case of need" programs, but with one important difference:

  1. Public banks only offer help if a full sibling of the baby needs a cord blood transplant.
  2. Family banks will offer help if either a sibling or a parent of the baby needs a cord blood transplant.

Finally, there are a few programs that are specially designed to help children who are born at high risk of certain conditions.

 

Public Banks - Sibling Directed Donation Programs



Cord Blood Bank Eligible Family Needs Covered
Carolinas Cord Blood Bank
919-668-1116
Siblings Cord Blood Transplants
CORD:USE public/private bank
888-CORDUSE
Siblings Cord Blood Transplants
Lifeforce Cryobanks Imminent Need
800-627-7692 or cs@lifeforcecryobanks.com
Siblings Cord Blood Transplants
M.D. Anderson Cord Blood Bank
866-869-5111 or cordbloodbank@mdanderson.org
Siblings Cord Blood Transplants
Puget Sound Blood Center
206-292-1896 or cordblood@psbc.org
Siblings Cord Blood Transplants
StemCyte public/private bank
866-389-4659
Siblings Cord Blood Transplants
Texas Cord Blood Bank
800-292-5534 or cordblood@gencure.org
Siblings Cord Blood Transplants


Family Banks - Related Donor Programs


Bear in mind that family banks normally charge parents about $2000 initially to process cord blood and about $125 per year thereafter for storage. If you store in a family bank via a case of need charity program, chances are you will receive free processing but you will have to pay storage fees after the first one to five years.

Cord Blood Bank Eligible Family Needs Covered
Cord Blood Registry® (CBR®) Newborn Possibilities
888.CORD.BLOOD
Full Sibling or Biological Parent: a 1st-degree blood relative Cord Blood Transplants & Clinical Trials. To date, over 5,000 babies have participated in the program.
FamilyCord Immediate Need Transplant Program
800-490-2673
Sibling or Parent Cord Blood Transplants
ViaCord Sibling Connection
in partnership with Children's Hospital of Oakland Research Institute (CHORI).
866-861-8435
Siblings Cord Blood Transplants
Xytex Cord Trust Program
877-505-4346
Sibling or Parent Cord Blood Transplants & Clinical Trials


Programs for High Risk Babies


Program Conditions Covered
Americord Registry
866-503-6005
Babies born with Cerebral Palsy and other acquired neurological conditions will be reimbursed all costs for cord blood processing and storage if they participate in a cord blood clinical trial.
Carolinas Cord Blood Bank
919-668-1116
Babies diagnosed before birth with hydrocephalus and some other conditions can receive free cord blood banking in preparation for cord blood therapy at Duke Medical center.
Cord Blood Registry® (CBR®) Newborn Possibilities
888.CORD.BLOOD
Newborns who are at risk of developing neurological disorders based on a low Apgar score as well as babies with certain conditions diagnosed prenatally, such as hydrocephalus and hypoplastic left heart syndrome, may qualify for free cord blood banking and 5 years of storage.
Miracle Babies
Offered in partnership with ViaCord
Babies born prior to 34 weeks gestation at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns in San Diego are eligible to receive free storage of their umbilical cord blood and cord tissue.