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J.P. McCarthy Fund Grants $250,000 to Karmanos Cancer Institute
Date:7/30/2008

Increasing the Awareness and Capacity of Life-Saving Cord Blood

DETROIT, July 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute announced that it received a $250,000 multi-year grant from the J.P. McCarthy Fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan to benefit its J.P. McCarthy Cord Stem Cell Bank. The grant, which will be given in $50,000 increments over five years, will help enhance the collection area and expand the capacity to help people in need of cord stem cell transplants - non-embryonic stem cells that are extracted from the umbilical cord and placenta following the birth of a child.

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The J.P. McCarthy Cord Stem Cell Bank at the Karmanos Cancer Institute is one of two public cord blood banks in Michigan and the only center in the state with the National Marrow Donor program registry designation that requires compliance with the highest standards in cord blood banking.

"When my husband was diagnosed with Myelodyoplastic Syndrome (MDS) in 1995, the disease that took his life, there was a very limited bone marrow donor base and limited resources to help MDS patients and their families," said Judy McCarthy.

"The J.P. McCarthy Fund is committed to help educate the public and improve research to the cause and treatment of MDS, as well as expand the bone marrow and stem cell donor base. We commend the Karmanos Cancer Institute for its quality work in banking cord blood," added McCarthy.

According to the National Marrow Donor program, on any given day, there are more than 6,000 men, women and children in search of a life-saving donor match. Diseases such as leukemia, lymphoma, sickle-cell and other life-threatening diseases can be treated by bone marrow or cord blood transplant. Although many try to find a
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