Banking cord blood: An investment paying off for Tucson family
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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Luke Fryar was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy when he was a baby, but he is now an active 5-year-old. His mom, Rachel Fryar, said his quality of life has improved thanks to an opportunity that comes up just once.
Before Luke was born his parents chose to bank his cord blood. After learning he had Cerebral Palsy Luke’s own stem cells were used as treatment.
“To see him now running and jumping and riding a bike and doing all those things that a five-year old should be doing,” smiled Fryar, “It’s just wonderful.”
The Cord Blood Registry is based in Tucson and houses over half a million stem cell samples.
“There are clinical trial going on,” said Jamie Alcaraz with Cord Blood Registry, “with Autism and Cerebral Palsy that are groundbreaking and are making a difference in children's lives.”
Storing cord blood comes with an initial free, which is typically around two thousand dollars and then it is about 130 dollar per year after that.