Why donate cord blood?

Thousands of patients with life-threatening inherited metabolic and other diseases need a donor for a hematopoietic stem cell transplant but can’t find a close enough match in their family or in the adult unrelated donor registries. These patients may be able to use a partially matched umbilical cord blood donor to have an umbilical cord blood transplant to treat their disease and potentially save their life.

Banked units from the CCBB are listed on the Be The Match Registry®. When a patient needs a transplant, the patient’s doctor or transplant center can search the Be The Match Registry® and will determine the source of cells that is best for the patient.