Save a LIfe by Saving Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cells
  • Petitioned New York Governor

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New York Governor
President of the United States
New York State House
New York State Senate
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
New York
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
New York-062
State Rep. Joseph Borelli
New York-061
State Rep. Matthew Titone
New York-024
State Sen. Andrew Lanza
New York
Gov. Andrew Cuomo
New York
Gov. Robert Duffy
New York-064
State Rep. Nicole Malliotakis
New York-050
State Rep. Joseph Lentol
New York-063
State Rep. Michael Cusick
New York-023
State Sen. Diane Savino
New York
Sen. Charles Schumer
New York-11
Rep. Michael Grimm

Save a LIfe by Saving Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cells

    1. Roberta Hayes
    2. Petition by

      Roberta Hayes

      Staten Island, NY

Every Cord Blood unit can save lives.

Over 90% of the Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cells that could be collected and cryopreserved to treat over 75 different diseases are currently thrown in the trash and discarded as medical waste-- instead of being used for children and adults that are already sick with a disease that could be treated, like leukemia or sickle cell. 

Every time you see a child (or adult) with leukemia or a genetic illness that is searching for an adult marrow donor-- an umbilical cord blood unit that "could have been" in a freezer, might have been used to save that life.  NYC destroys over 90,000 umbilical cord blood units A YEAR, because of the lack of sufficient public additional cord blood collection and processing laboratories.

Less than 30% of over 35,000 people each year in the USA in need of a life saving stem cell transplant can find a suitable matching donor if they do not have a matching family member.   Adult Umbilical Cord Blood could help fill that unmet need. In an emergency situation, a patient may not have the time to find a suitable bone marrow donor before they expire.On the other hand, a matching frozen cord blood unit could be available within a few days for a transplant, especially for children of under-represented or multiple racial heritages.

If Children are our future, we can not afford to waste a single cord blood unit that could save a child's life.

We need more local access to information, education and funding to collect, save and preserve Cord Blood stem cells in public Cord Blood banks. Blood stem cells are also critical to replace or repair blood forming cells in the bone marrow in cases of toxic chemical exposure or radiation poisoning. In additon to being used directly for stem cell transplants, almost anything that might be done with the controversial embryonic stem cells, is likely to be done with Cord Blood stem cells in the near future using induction. Treatments for heart conditions, diabetes, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, stroke, Parkinson's disease, spinal cord injury, are already being tested using cord blood stem cells with some great result. 

Education is the first step, but saving the umbilical cord, saves lives.  Please support public funding to save Cord Blood Stem Cells, a known life-saver and adult source of stem cells & the Children's Cord Blood Bank & Research Foundation.

CCBBRF is an IRS recognized 501(c)3 Charity



Recent signatures


    1. A Child needs your VOTE & it is free

      Roberta Hayes
      Petition Organizer

      This is a plea to every PARENT out there. PLEASE VOTE for the public Children's Cord Blood Bank in the Pepsi AND Chase Contests. They need these grant to keep the charity running so that every child that needs a transplant might get one. Cord blood is not trash. Help a child with Leukemia NOW! VOTE at AND
      TEXT 109481 to 73774 (2 different contests and 2 grants on the line)

    2. Reached 250 signatures
    3. Vote to Save Cord Blood for everyone in the Chase Facebook Contest

      Roberta Hayes
      Petition Organizer

      Chase Contest Nov 8-22 Save CB Stem cells to Save Lives!
      Don’t Stop Voting! Staten Island Needs You! CCBBRF is in 2 Contests to raise money. Your VOTE can SAVE a Child & Educate parents VOTE 3x/day every day. Sign in to Pepsi, FB App & Text 109481 to 73774 Childrens Cord Blood Bank
      See my video

    4. Roberta Hayes
      Petition Organizer

      Please Vote for the Children's Cord Blood Bank in the Chase Community Giving Contest. We need as many votes as possible to get the opportunity to go to the next level (every one can only vote once). We need your help --- please vote NOW. Thank you


    Reasons for signing

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 8 months ago

      Cancer is a journey, but you walk the road alone. There are many places to stop along the way and get nourishment - you just have to be willing to take it. ~Emily Hollenberg

      The goal is to live a full, productive life even with all that ambiguity. No matter what happens, whether the cancer never flares up again or whether you die, the important thing is that the days that you have had you will have lived.

      Gilda Radner

      My cancer scare changed my life. I'm grateful for every new, healthy day I have. It has helped me prioritize my life.

      Olivia Newton-John

    • Jaclyn Corson CHESTER, PA
      • 10 months ago

      Because this would help so many of us with medical issues and diseases, young & old! I would love for research for Multiple Sclerosis which i have had for almost 11 years now--since just 19! The question should not be why, but WHY NOT?

    • Stacy Carter FRENCHBURG, KY
      • about 1 year ago

      my son has leukemia

    • Joy Ward HAZEL PARK, MI
      • about 3 years ago

      What a great idea. Currently it would cost me out of pocket around 4 grand to preserve my sons cord blood for our family, but we don't have the money for that so it goes to waste. I think it would be awesome if cord blood could be put to better use and would probably help the countrys deficit. Women give birth daily. Think about the lives we could save!


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