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September 12, 2014

Think About It - The Gift of Life

Having a baby is one of the most exciting, intimate, and amazing experiences a human being can have.  But did you know that there's a way for you to help make it even more fulfilling? The Hawaii Cord Blood Bank is a repository for a baby's umbilical cord blood unit, which is most often discarded upon birth. By making the conscious choice to allow the hospital to save this vital, life-giving cord blood, you can help to save a life. Yes, something that would normally be discarded, can help save a life.

Persons suffering from life threatening disorders like leukemia and lymphoma have already been helped by the Hawaii Cord Blood Bank. Working in conjunction with the Puget Sound Blood Center, seven cord blood units recently collected right here in Hawaii helped to save lives, bringing the total units used thus far from Hawaii to over 150. All you need to do is elect to allow the hospital you give birth in to work in conjunction with the Hawaii Cord Blood Bank. The cord is discarded as medical waste if parents do not opt to donate. There are private collection options, too, if you so choose.

Cord blood units donated through the Hawaii Cord Blood Bank- check it out at hcbb.org- are registered with the National Bone Marrow Registry and thus the incredible gift of life becomes available internationally. Saving a life while creating a life- what a concept, and so easy to do, simply by allowing the medical experts to not discard the valuable life-saving cord blood. For those about to give birth, this simple act of selflessness can make a landmark day even better for someone you don't even know, and what a story to tell your keiki in the years to come. Think about it…

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