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California’s Umbilical Cord Blood Collection Program

California’s Umbilical Cord Blood Collection Program

Meet a cord blood recipient

Francesca Arnaudo © UC Regents

Francesca's story

Francesca Arnaudo, a three-time cancer survivor, received a public donation of unrelated (non-family member) umbilical cord blood at UC Davis Medical Center in 2005 to treat acute myeloid leukemia.

Today, Francesca is thriving. The 17-year old honors student recently competed and won the title of Miss Junior Teen, Sacramento County.

She is one of thousands of Americans who have benefitted from life-saving cord blood donations.