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The Star Tribune by Jeremy Olson

November 18 2013

Health reporter Jeremy Olson broke the news that umbilical cord blood donation will soon be an option in Minnesota through a collaboration between the University of Minnesota and the St. Louis Cord Blood Bank. Cord blood is a source of stem cells used in transplants to treat life-threatening diseases like leukemia and lymphoma. There is no cost to donate to a public cord blood bank and it is completely safe for both mother and baby. The article noted that this will be the first time in six years that cord blood donation will become available for expectant parents in Minnesota. The successful story of 20-year-old cord blood transplant recipient Phillip Englund of Grand Rapids, Minn., highlighted the importance of cord blood donation for patients in need of transplants.