HAMILTON Inner Wheel members are selling Sleepy Cordelia bears with knitted jackets to raise money for cord blood research.
Cord blood is the blood left behind in the placenta and umbilical cord after a mother has given birth.
The blood is used to help children with blood illnesses like acute leukaemia, but there is also hope to use the cells for other child and adult conditions, like juvenile diabetes, Cystic Fibrosis, stoke and some cancers.
Hamilton Inner Wheel cord blood co-ordinator, Denise Read said cord blood research was important.
“A few months ago there was a young lad with leukaemia whose life was saved through cord blood, if it wasn’t for the cord blood he might not be here,” Mrs Read said.
Cord blood can be donated to the Blood Bank or it can be stored with a private company for a cost.
Inner Wheel Australia has given 33 research grants to doctors all over Australia who are researching many uses for cord blood including: leukaemia and blood disorders, stroke and heart disease, group 1 diabetes and other auto immune diseases, cystic fibrosis and cerebral palsy and prostate cancer.
Full story in The Spectator on Saturday, March 29, 2014, or subscribe to our epaper at top of page.