The Maui News - Maui parents will soon be given the opportunity to save lives by donating their babies' cord blood. The project is set to launch later this spring when the Hawai'i Cord Blood Bank will expand its collection services to Maui Memorial Medical Center. The program allows nurses and doctors to collect blood from donor newborns' umbilical cords, which is then shipped to a collection center on the Mainland.
The cord blood is used to treat leukemia, lymphoma and other aggressive blood cancers. Donor blood from Maui is especially valuable because of the island's ethnically diverse population. The one-year pilot is being funded by a grant from the Hyundai Hope on Wheels Foundation.