Gov. Perry Announces $1.2 Million for Texas Cord Blood Bank
Funds Will Help More Texans Battling Leukemia, Blood Disorders
SAN ANTONIO - Gov. Rick Perry today announced the state will provide $1.2 million in funds for the Texas Cord Blood Bank, the first specialized umbilical cord blood bank in Texas.
“Cord blood treatment and research respects human life and it holds tremendous potential in the battle to overcome many of the diseases that have plagued mankind for centuries,” Perry said. “That is why it is critically important for government to continue to fund initiatives like the Texas Cord Blood Bank.”
Umbilical cord blood can be used in transplants to treat a variety of pediatric disorders, including leukemia, sickle cell disease and metabolic disorders. Cord blood is more readily accepted by immune systems, and thus can improve the speed and quality of recovery for transplant patients.
“These funds provided by the Health and Human Services Commission will be used to expand the Bank’s capacity and programs so that more children and adults across the state can benefit from its life-saving resources,” Perry continued.
The Texas Cord Blood Bank is the result of three years of collaboration by the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, the public health community, private organizations, the state and individual community leaders who identified the need for this emerging medical resource in Texas.
The Bank has collected more than 1,000 units of cord blood in the past several months, which Perry called “not only an important milestone for the center, but tangible evidence that Texans are a truly compassionate people.”
Perry also thanked Railroad Commissioner Elizabeth Ames Jones, who as a state representative from San Antonio was instrumental in securing $1 million in start-up funding from the state.
“I encourage prospective parents across the state to talk to their doctor about donating cord blood because every new mother has the opportunity to give life not only to her child, but to a fellow Texan in need by making a simple and risk-free cord blood donation. And what better way to celebrate the birth of a child than by helping another Texan celebrate a rebirth of health and hope for tomorrow,” Perry said.
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