Texas Cord Blood Bank
The Texas Cord Blood Bank (TCBB), a program of GenCure, is a unique statewide source of ethnically diverse, life-saving cord blood. It is a nonprofit organization housed in the BioBridge Global facility and has partner hospitals throughout Texas for the collection of donated cord blood.
Cord blood is the blood that remains in the placenta after a baby is born. Cord blood has been found to be a rich source of stem cells and can be used as an alternative to bone marrow to treat many life-threatening diseases. Because these cells are normally discarded after birth, this is the ultimate recycling project.
More than 70% of children and adults requiring a bone marrow transplant do not have an immune-matched sibling who could be a donor. In that case, the only option is to find an unrelated donor through the national bone marrow and cord blood registries. Because immune types are specific to ethnic groups, it is important to collect cord blood units from donors of all backgrounds, especially Hispanics, African Americans, Asians, and Native Americans.
TCBB allows families the opportunity to donate their infant’s cord blood, regardless of socioeconomic status, to ensure that all patients needing a bone marrow/stem cell transplant are given this opportunity.
For more information, please call 855.326.5764 ext. 1865 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Cord blood makes a difference!
Valentina is proof of how cord blood is saving lives. Diagnosed with severe combined immunodeficiency disorder (SCID) as an infant, Valentina's only hope for a cure was a cord blood transplant. Thanks to the Texas Cord Blood Bank, Valentina received a cord blood transplant in April 2011, and she’s been a healthy girl ever since.
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The Texas Cord Blood Bank was the vision of Dr. Ruskin C. Norman, and his wife Karen, who cofounded The Blood & Tissue Center Foundation, which helps support programs like the TCBB. The Ruskin C. Norman Founder’s Circle, an exclusive philanthropic group, was established in 2011 as a testament to Dr. Norman and his belief that, with help from people like you, more lives could be saved.