Upstate Cord Blood Bank is the news and in the community! Stay informed and look for us at local events in Syracuse, NY.  The Upstate Cord Blood Bank is eager to meet you and become a familiar face.

Make sure to pick up a copy of the February Family Times issue where the Upstate Cord Blood Bank was featured!

Or you can click the link below to read about us.

Meghan Shea-Frederick, RN and Dr. Matthew Elkins starred on an episode of Bridge Street on World Cord Blood Day.

Just in case you missed it, you can see the full segment below!

We helped Golisano Children's Hospital celebrate 10 years of FABULOUSLY SPOOKY Halloween parades for patients and families.

Child Life has been throwing this party for two decades, and we love them for it! Upstate Cord Blood Bank has attended for the past two years and provided an alternative to candy in the form of the ever popular hanging stuffed animals. We even dressed up as the iconic Frozen characters!

What a summer! See where we've been and what we've been doing!

Tykes Tuesday was a hit! From the Syracuse University Pep Rally to STEAM Day, everyone seemed to have a blast. The kids even got to learn about DNA and take home a delicious snack.  Everything was free and put on by Destiny USA on Tuesdays throughout the summer months.  What a great way to engage the kiddos while school is out for the season!



July is Cord Blood Awareness Month Across the Nation!

This year, UCBB hopes to raise awareness and educate CNY about cord blood donation and where it's currently available.  Check out the link below for some useful tips on why and how to save a newborn’s cord blood.

Let’s Raise Awareness for Cord Blood


Press Release      



Cheryl Abrams, Director of Communications and Digital Media


For Release:  June 11, 2019

Crouse Health Offers Cord Blood Donation Process
to Families Delivering Babies

Donations Will Be Sent to Upstate Cord Blood Bank for Public Use

Syracuse, NY —Parents delivering at Crouse Health will now have the opportunity to voluntarily donate their baby’s umbilical cord blood to the Upstate Cord Blood Bank at Upstate Medical University.

This new partnership will potentially increase cord blood donations that will be available for public use. Thousands of critically ill patients with blood diseases such as leukemia and lymphoma are in urgent need of a life-saving transplants. Umbilical cord blood, which is typically discarded as medical waste, is rich with the blood-forming cells that can give blood cancer patients hope for a cure.

“Crouse is proud to partner with Upstate’s Cord Blood Bank on this public health initiative,” says Director of Women and Infants Services Betty O’Connor, RN. “If a life can be enhanced or saved through this collection, the Crouse maternity team is pleased to assist in the effort.”

Cord blood donation is completely safe for mother and baby; labor and delivery is not affected. No blood is taken from a newborn; it is only removed from the umbilical cord after birth. The designation of Upstate Cord Blood Bank as a public blood bank is important in that there is no cost to donate and donated cord blood is available to anyone who needs it.

Once donated, the cord blood will be stored in the bank and made available to transplant centers in the United States and throughout the world for patients in need. The cord blood units will be listed on the BoneMarrow Donors Worldwide registry and on the Be The Match registry maintained by the National Marrow Donor Program, which maintains a comprehensive listing of cord blood units available for transplant. Any units collected that are not suitable for transplantation will be made available to researchers, both at Upstate Medical University and around the country.

The decision whether to donate cord blood begins during the early months of pregnancy. Various forms are completed by the expectant parents and submitted directly to the cord blood bank no more than 30 days prior to delivery. Once reviewed and approved, the bank notifies Crouse’s Labor and Delivery unit, which reviews the potential donation with the mother before actual delivery. Once the blood is removed from the umbilical cord, the donation is then packaged and transported to the Upstate 20,000 square-foot facility, 20,000 square foot facility that features a state of the art processing laboratory and cryogenic storage containers.

The Upstate Cord Blood Bank operates under strict guidelines and protocols, established by state and federal health organizations, including the state Health Department; Food and Drug Administration; AABB Center for Cellular Therapies; and the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy.

For more information about the Crouse Cord Blood Collection initiative, visit

Upstate Cord Blood Bank raises funds and shows support at Paige's Butterfly Run and Pedaling 4 Paige. 

This year we sponsored both Water Stop #2 and the Caterpillar Crawl at the run.  Proceeds from both events support local pediatric cancer research and patient programs for kids fighting cancer at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.



After a 41-year-career in politics, Senator John DeFrancisco names Upstate Cord Blood Bank his single greatest achievement! Check out the story below.

"What I'm very proud of is the Upstate Cord Blood Bank. (He helped obtain a $15 million state grant to open the center at Upstate's Community Campus in 2017)  It takes medical waste - mainly umbilical cords and placentas collected during the course of delivery -- and stores the umbilical cord blood to be used for stem cells to help in healing and research." - John DeFrancisco's Parting Words