our families

Knowing that cord blood stem cells have helped so many of them reminds us why we're here: To give our families more possibilities for a healthier future.

More than 600 of our families have used their newborn stem cells in investigational regenerative uses or as part of a stem cell transplant.

Here are a few of their stories.

Hope For the Holemons

Condition: Cerebral Palsy

When Jessica gave birth to her second daughter, Abigail, she banked her stem cells without knowing the health challenges that were ahead for her family.

Fast forward a few years: Abigail turned three and was able to use her own cord blood at Duke University for her cerebral palsy. Watch how the seemingly simple decision to preserve turned out to make a big difference for this Arizona family.

We have faith that no matter what, this will impact the rest of her life.

Jessica Holemon, Abigail’s mother

Living His Best Life

Condition: Autism

When Levi was diagnosed with autism, his father began doing some research. He discovered that newborn stem cells were being investigated as a potential treatment.

CBR connected them with a clinical trial studying cord blood in children with autism. While we don't know the exact role stem cells played, what Levi's parents saw over the course of the study was amazing. For the first time in his life, Levi started speaking to his parents—and so much more.

Watch his amazing story (we recommend tissues).

You don't expect that health issues can hit you later. But investing in newborn cells is definitely one of those [things] that gives you peace of mind.

Serge Motsnyy, Levi's father

Grace's First Gift

Condition: Acquired Hearing Loss

Grace was born with sensorineural hearing loss, a non-genetic condition. Because Grace's parents preserved her cord blood, she was able to join a CBR-sponsored clinical trial that researched how cord blood stem cells could help with her hearing loss. Will Grace be a firefighter when she grows up? Only time will tell!

Science moves fast. So who knows how many conditions these cells might help treat by the time my children are older?

Sarah Huber, Grace's mother

Carol's Brother to the Rescue

Condition: Sickle Cell Anemia

After birth, Carol was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia. And when her mother got pregnant again, doctors suggested she preserve her new baby's cord blood through CBR's Newborn Possibilities Program.

With the help of a stem cell treatment from her sibling, Carol's immune system was rebuilt. And today, she's free of sickle cell.

Bonus: See how Carol is doing ten years later!

I was so grateful that I was able to get cured of sickle cell.

Carol Mulumba

Meet Ava, The Little Ballerina Who Could

Condition: Cerebral Palsy

At thirty-one weeks pregnant, mother-to-be Cathrine was told that her daughter, Ava, had suffered an in-utero stroke and might develop cerebral palsy when she got older. Fortunately, through our Newborn Possibilities Program, Ava's in-utero diagnosis qualified her for free cord blood processing and storage for five years.

And after occupational and physical therapies, a cord blood infusion, and a lot of hard work, Ava got better at moving her legs!

When I finally got to hold Ava in my arms . . . I knew everything is going to be okay, and I'm going to do everything in my power to help my child.

Cathrine Johnson, Ava's mother

The Unbreakable Bond of Family

Condition: Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL)

After Keegan initially beat leukemia and then relapsed, the doctors gave him a 50/50 chance for survival. His doctor decided to try a stem cell transplant using the stem cells from his brother's cord blood.

The transplant helped him rebuild a healthy blood and immune system—and he’s been free of leukemia ever since.

I’ve been healthy since I was five-and-a-half because of the transplant I got from my little brother.

Keegan Doheney

A Simple Decision Saves A Brother's Life

Condition: Diamond Blackfan Anemia

In 2006, Dillon was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Diamond Blackfan Anemia, which prevented his bone marrow from producing red blood cells. Six years and almost eighty blood transfusions later, Dillion's baby brother's cord blood was preserved with CBR—and it was a perfect match!

Where is Dillon today? Free of anemia and living a normal life!

Sometimes Alex and I step back and say, 'Is this the same child?'

Carol, Dillon's mother

Winning On (And Off) The Court

Condition: Cerebral Palsy

At fifteen months old, Luke Fryar was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Not knowing what the future held, his parents had saved his cord blood at birth. Luke was able to participate in a Duke University clinical trial studying the use of cord blood for cerebral palsy.

We're still trying to understand if his cord blood stem cells played a part, but through Luke's hard work and other therapies, he now plays baseball and basketball with others his age!

We weren't making any progress in therapy . . . Then we were given these stem cells, and all of a sudden we started to see progress.

Rachel Fryar, Luke's mother

A Sibling's Love Goes A Long Way

Condition: Sickle Cell Anemia

Joseph Jr. was two years old when doctors told his family he needed a stem cell transplant to survive his sickle cell anemia.

Because of his condition, his parents were able to preserve his baby brother's cord blood through CBR's Newborn Possibilities Program. Since Joseph and his brother were a genetic match, Joseph was able to get a stem cell transplant and rebuild his immune system, helping to cure him completely.

I'm able to go around telling people that cord blood saved my son's life.

Darlene Davis, Joseph Jr.'s mother

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