The CORD:USE Foundation

In 1988, a group of pioneering scientists and physicians led to the first umbilical cord blood transplant in the world, which was performed by Dr. Eliane Gluckman, and successfully treated and cured Matthew Farrow (seen in photo below) of a rare and life-threatening disease called Fanconi Anemia. Matthew, a loving husband and father, is alive and doing well today thanks to the wonderful work of these medical pioneers who transplanted the umbilical cord blood provided by his then baby sister, instead of utilizing the stem cells from her bone marrow.


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(Left) Keone Penn, (Right) Matthew Farrow with CORD:USE Foundation Board Director, Basketball Legend, Julius “Dr. J” Erving.


Since then, there have been more than 20,000 cord blood transplants in patients with over 70 life-threatening diseases such as leukemia, lymphoma and sickle cell disease. Keone Penn (also seen in photo above) is the first person in the world to be cured of sickle cell disease using umbilical cord blood. Today, scientists are exploring new uses of cord blood to regenerate cells in the body that have been damaged or have stopped functioning properly. Clinical trials are being conducted for patients with illnesses such as Diabetes, Cerebral Palsy, Solid Tumors and Limb Ischemia. In addition, research is being conducted for Myocardial Infarction, Stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s Disease, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), Spinal Cord Injury, Lung Disease, Liver Disease, Skin Injuries and Skin Defects. Although there is no guarantee that these clinical trials and research will lead to clinical applications, exciting progress continues to be made.

The CORD:USE Foundation, an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, is dedicated to supporting patients, families and research with the utilization of umbilical cord blood stem cell transplants and therapies, and to educating the public on the scientific advancements and benefits of these transplants and therapies.

Thus far, contributions to the CORD:USE Foundation have allowed the Foundation to make grants available to patients with life-threatening illnesses, in need of financial assistance, throughout the U.S. to help defray the costs of cord blood transplantation and therapy which are not covered by insurance. The CORD:USE Foundation has also provided a grant to a family support program which assists families of cord blood transplant patients.

The CORD:USE Foundation is proud to have Stephen Sprague, an umbilical cord blood transplant recipient, helping to administer the grant program. Mr. Sprague was diagnosed thirteen years ago with chronic myelogenous leukemia and became one of the initial adult patients to benefit from a cord blood transplant in 1997. Since his transplant, he has been cancer free and has become an avid “Cord Blood Crusader,” sharing his unique message of hope and encouragement with thousands of patients, families and caregivers. The published accounts of his transplant experiences have been frequently cited, and he is often asked to testify in Washington in support of cord blood stem cell therapies.

Future plans for the CORD:USE Foundation include providing support to the most promising scientists and researchers working on developing cures for diseases using umbilical cord blood stem cells.

We invite you to join us in helping patients, families and researchers in the advancement of cord blood stem cell medical therapies and science. Your contribution can help a patient in need or may help save lives.

Mail your check payable to:

CORD:USE Foundation, Inc.
1991 Summit Park Drive, Suite 2000
Orlando, Florida 32810

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