Why Bank?

Stem cells from newborn umbilical cord blood are a treasure that can potentially save your baby or family member who may need a lifesaving treatment.  Cord blood is only available immediately after birth and can be stored for future use for 25+ years.  The process to collect your newborn’s stem cells is a simple and painless part of the delivery process.


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Information Guide

If you’re thinking about cord blood banking, our Information Guide can help you get started.  It answers questions about what cord blood is, what it can be used for, how cord blood banking works, and how to choose a cord blood bank.   We share expert advice on what really matters so you can make an informed decision.


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Compare Banks

Trying to figure out which cord blood bank will give you the most stem cells, the safest transplants, and the highest product quality guarantee?   Not sure which cord blood bank has the best value?  Our side-by-side comparison of the top cord blood banks helps sort out the options.


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Enroll

Ready to sign-up for cord blood banking?   Be sure to get your Collection Kit in time to bring it with you when you go into labor.  Your OBGYN or midwife will need the kit to take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity to preserve your newborn’s cord blood.  You can enroll easily on-line or call our team of cord blood specialists at +1-800-869-8608.


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Why Bank with Cord for Life®?

Explore how Cord for Life® gets the most out of every cord blood collection. We understand that the true measure of success is a healthy patient and we want to be sure we do everything possible to ensure every family gets the best results.

Banking umbilical cord blood with Cord For Life offers the chance at potentially lifesaving treatments and access to clinical trials.

PREMIERMAX®


When developing PREMIERMAX®, we looked at four things: quality, safety, flexibility, and cost – the same things every parent should consider when choosing a cord blood bank.   We chose the processing method that an unbiased team of researchers concluded was the best performer over the whole range of analysis.


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Accreditation


We operate to the highest standards in the industry.  As both a public and private cord blood bank, we’ve released more stem cells for transplant, clinical trials, and research than any private cord blood bank.  Knowing how important each unit is for the outcome of patients and the future of medicine, we take our obligations for quality control seriously.


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Guarantee


We stand behind our products 100% and back our commitment with the highest Quality Guarantee in the cord blood banking industry. Our goal is to ensure a successful outcome for your child or other family member in need of a stem cell transplant.


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Banking umbilical cord blood with Cord For Life offers the chance at potentially lifesaving treatments and access to clinical trials.

Imminent Need


We believe in the power of stem cells and want to help families dealing with a loved one suffering from a life threatening illness. If you are currently pregnant and have another child or family member that has been diagnosed with a disease treatable by stem cell transplant, you may be eligible.


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Syed Raheel

A Letter From Our President


Thank you for taking the time to learn more about the potential of stem cells from your newborn’s umbilical cord blood.  We want to help families make the most informed decision about their stem cells banking choices.  We offer both private and public cord blood banking services to meet the needs of our clients and the general public.

At Cord For Life, we believe in the power of stem cells.  Since our founding, we’ve been involved in over 2,200 cord blood transplants.  We’re  inspired each time by the families and medical professionals we’ve helped use cord blood stem cells to treat their loved ones.

Having been a part of such an important treatment opportunity for so many families, we feel an obligation to get the most from every stem cell collection.  We know that the ultimate measure of success is a healthy patient, and we want to be sure we do everything possible to ensure each family gets the best results.

We focus on what matters – getting as many stem cells as possible, ensuring the highest quality, and giving parents the highest level of support.

We are here to answer any questions you have and hope that you will consider Cord For Life® for your cord blood banking needs.

Sincerely,

Syed Raheel
President, Cord For Life


LATEST ARTICLES


So much research is going on with stem cells from cord blood as scientists work to unlock the secrets of stem cells.  Much of the research centers on the anti-inflammatory properties of stem cells from umbilical cord blood. Medical research into stem cells is ongoing, offering the potential to treat diseases or injuries that have […]

Stem cells perform three important functions:  1.  They renew themselves; 2. Differentiate into other cells; and 3. Renew other cells. Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) can restore the immune system following  chemotherapy or radiation for leukemia, lymphoma, and other life-threatening diseases. Historically, HSCs have only been available from bone marrow and peripheral blood transplants.  As cord […]

In addition to potentially life-saving stem cells, your newborn’s umbilical cord blood also contains their DNA.   Storing your child’s cord blood ensures that their baseline genetic information will be available if ever needed. What Can Genes Tell Us? The sum total of all the information coded into your child’s individual genes is their genome.  Simply […]


REAL STORIES

In thinking about cord blood banking, it helps to hear from parents who thought about the same questions you have.


Stacey Hensley


I have stored all five of my children’s cord blood. I love the reassurance of knowing that all five of my children have their stem cells and all five are stored together at the same facility.  My children may never need it but, their stem cells are there if they do.  It’s like having life insurance policy, we most likely will never need it, but it’s reassuring that it’s there in case we do.



The ultimate measure of our success is a healthy patient.

Download our FREE Information Guide to learn about cord blood banking, including expert insights on how to get the most stem cells from your newborn’s cord blood.

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Ready to sign-up for cord blood banking?

Reserve your Cord Blood Collection Kit in time to bring it with you when you go into labor.  Give your newborn every advantage with cord blood banking!


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Donate Cord Blood

By donating your newborn’s cord blood, you are joining a nationwide effort to create a genetically diverse inventory of stem cells for transplant to a child.


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Our purpose is to provide the expectant mothers with information necessary to discover the lifesaving potential of umbilical cord blood.

Copyright Cord for Life 2019. All rights reserved.

ATILLA KONDOROSI

Mr. Kondorosi has been involved with the hospitality and hotel industry for most of his life.  From 1969 through 1985, he held various positions at the international InterContinental Hotels chain, including various senior management roles.  After his transitioning to the USA, he moved into the real estate business and held a variety of positions.  Recently he has held te position of Director of Sales for Prestige Homes, Inc. part of Goldrich and Kest Industries headquartered in California since 1957.  Mr. Kondorosi represented the successful sale of 386 homes in the Bel Air Crest Development, including re-sales over the past several years, various high end listings and sales in prominent locations such as Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Bel Air, Beverly Hills and other parts of the west-side Los Angeles area.

Mr. Kondorosi is also the founder and President of EDKO Trade, Inc., and international real estate and trading company involved in promoting and closing transactions between various companies and individuals located around the world.  Since 2000, he has also been involved in various international and foreign innovative startup companies in various capacities including CEO, board member or in a consulting role.  Mr. Kondorosi received a Juri Doctor degree from Janus Pannonius University in Hungary in international law.  He also was a professor at the Budapest Business School / Faculty of Commerce, Catering and Tourism in Hungary.

In addition, Mr Kondorosi has served on the Board for the Regency Club from 2008 through 2011, a private business organization started by David Murdock 30 years ago in Los Angeles.

Deborah A. Sardone

Ms. Sardone has over 30 years of clinical laboratory experience as a Clinical Laboratory Technologist, including over 25 years with Central Florida Regional Hospital (CFRH). She was Supervisor of Quality Assurance, Safety and Education at CFRH for 11 years, held the positions of Blood Bank Supervisor for 11 years, and Hematology Supervisor for 1 year. She has participated in both sides of the inspection process, serving on the College of American Pathologists Inspection team for CAP Hospital Accreditation in Florida, and assisting in receiving accreditation by The Joint Commission (TJC), American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through the inspections of the clinical laboratory.

Ms. Sardone is licensed by the State of Florida as a Clinical Laboratory Technologist in Immunohematology, Hematology, Serology and Clinical Chemistry. She is a certified Clinical Laboratory Technologist with the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP).

Ms. Sardone serves as Manager of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs at Cord For Life®, Inc. overseeing all licensing and regulatory agencies to ensure that the highest quality in all aspects of cord blood collection, processing, and storage is maintained.

Ms. Sardone’s skills and knowledge in blood banking and quality assurance have enabled her to establish, implement and maintain a superior quality system that meets and exceeds all standards and regulatory requirements for Cord For Life®, Inc.

Personal Background:

  • Sardone is a graduate of The City University of New York in Medical Laboratory Technology.
  • Sardone is licensed in Florida as a Clinical Medical Technologist and she is nationally recognized as ASCP Certified.
  • Sardone enjoys photography and dancing.

Donald Hudspeth

Mr. Hudspeth has over 17 years of clinical laboratory experience as a certified Medical Technologist (ASCP), including ten years with the University of North Carolina Hospitals. Mr. Hudspeth is licensed by the State of Florida as a Clinical Laboratory Supervisor in Immunohematology, Hematology, Serology, Clinical Chemistry, Molecular Pathology and Microbiology as well as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist, is a registered Technologist with the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and a member of the American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT).

He has also enjoyed teaching Immunology to Clinical Laboratory Science and medical school students at UNC while working in the UNCH clinical labs. At Cord For Life®, Mr. Hudspeth serves as Chief Operating Officer, overseeing all operations and the daily laboratory operations to ensure that the highest quality in all aspects of donor selection and cord blood collection, processing, and storage is maintained. He also works with Quality Assurance to ensure full compliance by Cord For Life® to all applicable regulations. Mr. Hudspeth has sat on numerous cord blood focused committees and advisory groups.

Additionally, Mr. Hudspeth served as the Clinical Investigator for Cord For Life® as they evaluated and approved a new processing methodology to isolate stem cells from cord blood while depleting the unwanted red cells. Mr. Hudspeth works with groups, individuals, or government agencies to bring cord blood banking to countries around the world. He is responsible for training medical professionals worldwide in cord blood processing at our Florida location. In addition, he travels overseas to assist in the initial setup and implementation of the new facilities to ensure their compliance and quality. Mr. Hudspeth has assisted in opening new cord blood facilities in Europe and in SE Asia.

Personal Background:

  • Mr. Hudspeth received his Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Laboratory Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • “Eagle Scout with Five Palms”
  • Avid golfer with a 14 handicap.

Donald R. Drake III, Ph.D

Don joined Sanofi Pasteur VaxDesign in 2005 and has served as Director of Immunological Research since 2009. He has had a long-standing interest in the immune system, particularly the interaction between viruses and elements of the adaptive immune system, since initiating his graduate studies at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.

As a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Virginia, he was awarded funding from the Cancer Research Institute and received an Interdisciplinary Training Grant in Immunology from the National Institutes of Health to study CD8+ T cell immunity against influenza virus.

At VaxDesign, Don leads a team developing and optimizing the MIMIC® System to permit the evaluation of human adaptive immunity (cellular and humoral responses) against vaccine candidates, biologics, and other immunomodulators in a pre-clinical setting. He is an author on a variety of patents and peer-reviewed journal publications.

Kelli Cable

Mrs. Cable brings over 20 years of experience to Cord For Life® directing the Client Services, Account Management and Personnel departments. She began working in the cord blood industry in December of 2006. In addition, Ms. Cable is actively involved in marketing for the company.

Personal Background:

  • Mrs. Cable is married and has two boys.
  • In 1994, Ms. Cable moved to Orlando from Boulder, Colorado.
  • Has a passion for travel and enjoys watching NFL games, cheering on her favorite team, the Denver Broncos.

Richard R. Gammon, M.D.

Dr. Richard R. Gammon joined Florida’s Blood Centers (FBC) in 2005 and is responsible for ensuring that the organization’s medical practices, policies and testing remain at the forefront of the blood-banking industry. He received his undergraduate degree from Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania and medical degree from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia.

He completed his residency at The Ohio State University and his fellowship at the University of Virginia. He also serves as an assistant professor of pathology at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. He has served as President and Technical Committee Chair of the Florida Association of Blood Banks. He currently serves as the Chair of the Scientific Medical and Technical Committee and Chair of the Journal Club for America’s Blood Centers.

He is an assessor and abstract reviewer for AABB and is a manuscript reviewer for the journal Transfusion. He is the co-recipient of a 2011 ABC Foundation Grant for the Get Healthy Wellness Program. Dr. Gammon’s research has been published in various peer-reviewed journals and he has been a featured speaker at numerous national and international conferences on blood banking and transfusion medicine.

Robert Parkhill, Ph.D

Dr. Parkhill directs operations at the Sanofi Pasteur VaxDesign Campus, which designs, develops, and manufactures in vitro models of the human immune system. Their mission is to prevent infectious disease by forecasting vaccine responses before clinical trials, and create a competitive advantage by providing predictive in vitro immunological models and assays. Dr. Parkhill holds a PhD in Material Science and Inorganic Chemistry for Oklahoma State University.

Robert W. Pollack, M.D., R. PH.

Dr. Pollock was originally from Ohio where he majored in pharmacy at Ohio Northern University. After graduation he worked as a pharmacist and attended The Ohio State University where he majored in chemistry and graduated in biochemistry.

In 1992 he attended Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton Ohio, after graduating from medical school he completed his residency at Orlando Regional Medical Center in anatomic and clinical pathology, then a two year fellowship in clinical molecular genetics at All Children’s Hospital in St Petersburg Florida. After completing his fellowship in genetics, he became Medical Director for Central Florida Blood Bank for 3 years where he took great interest in the stem cell donation program.

After leaving the blood bank, Dr Pollock became Assistant Director in Molecular Genetics for the Centers of Advanced Diagnostics which at the time was a division of Ameripath. After the restructuring of the Orlando operation, Dr Pollock found himself back in blood banking. He was medical director for BloodNetUSA in Lakeland, Florida prior to its merger with Florida Blood Services.

Sara Irrgang, M.D

During the last two years of Medical School, Dr. Irrgang was in the United States Navy 1915 Ensign Program and completed a clerkship at the Naval Hospital at Charleston, South Carolina as well as a research clerkship at the Naval Aerospace Institute at Pensacola, Florida.

Dr. Irrgang completed her four year Pathology residency at Baylor University Medical Center, and her internship at the University District Hospital, Rio Piedras in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Currently, Dr. Irrgang is Board Certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and licensed in the states of South Carolina, Texas, New Jersey and Florida and she is an Associate Medical Examiner at the District Nine Medical Examiners Office.

Dr. Irrgang is a fellow at numerous organizations including; The College of American Pathologists, National Association of Medical Examiners, Florida Association of Medical Examiners, Seminole County Medical Society, and the Florida Medical Society.

Personal Background:

  • Dr. Irrgang received a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of South Carolina.
  • Attended the Medical College of South Carolina at Charleston where she earned a Medical Doctorate Degree.
  • Dr. Irrgang has a passion for breeding show horses
  • Dr. Irrgang is a 4-H leader in Lake County, Florida

Tisha M. Foster, M.D

Dr. Tisha M. Foster joined Florida’s Blood Centers (FBC) in 2008 and is responsible for therapeutic apheresis, cellular therapies, and FBC’s participation in the National Marrow Donor Program. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Central Oklahoma and her medical degree from the University of Oklahoma. She completed her residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and her fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin/Blood Center of Wisconsin. Prior to joining FBC, Dr. Foster served as medical director at BloodNetUSA in Lakeland (Fla.), where her responsibilities included supervision of the Transfusion Service Laboratory at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, donor eligibility, therapeutic apheresis, and ensuring regulatory compliance throughout the blood center.