Lifebank offers families who have a child diagnosed with certain diseases and disorders a unique opportunity to store their future newborn’s cord blood and placental blood at no cost or a discounted rate. Since these families have an increased likelihood of being able to use their newborn’s stem cells for treatment, we want to make biobanking as affordable as possible. We currently have two distinct programs.
Traditional Program – Blood Related Disorders
Eligibility: This program is for families who have a child suffering from one of the 80+ diseases (including leukemia, lymphoma, anemia, and other blood-related disorders) where cord blood stem cells are being used as a standard form of treatment for siblings.
Key Program Benefits: Free collection & processing of the newborn’s cord blood and placental blood, as well as 5 free years of storage.
Cerebral Palsy and Autism Spectrum Disorder Program
Eligibility: This program is for families who have a child with Cerebral Palsy or Autism.
Duke University and MD Anderson have an Expanded Access Protocol for the use of umbilical cord blood infusions to treat children with Cerebral Palsy and Autism by using the cord blood of the child or that of the child’s sibling.
Key Program Benefits: 50% off our collection and processing fees.
RECIPIENT OF THE FIRST CORD AND PLACENTAL STEM CELL TRANSPLANT IN THE WORLD
When renowned pediatric oncologist Dr. Lolie Yu met 4-year-old Quentin, she knew the chance of survival for children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia: less than 30%.
But there was hope. At the time of Quentin’s diagnosis, his mother was pregnant. Dr. Yu suggested banking the new baby’s cord blood and placental blood with Lifebank®. Quentin’s parents agreed.
After Quentin’s baby sister was born, the cord and placental blood were collected and processed. The family received the best news; the sibling stem cells were a perfect match for Quentin! At the Children’s Hospital in New Orleans, Dr. Yu successfully performed the world’s first combined cord blood and placental blood transplant.
Today, Quentin is an active and healthy college student. He loves playing trombone and video games, making art, and annoying his little sister, Jory, who served as his stem cell donor. We are honored to have had the opportunity to help Quentin and all the other families that have found hope by banking their stem cells with Lifebank.