ORLANDO, Fla., May 22 /PRNewswire/ -- CORD:USE Cord Blood Bank is proud to announce that Alex Rodriguez, "A-Rod" to his New York Yankees teammates and fans around the world, has joined its team. "We are honored to have this baseball superstar and, more importantly, such an outstanding human being on our team," says Dr. Edward Guindi, President and CEO of CORD:USE. A-Rod joins CORD:USE as a spokesperson to lead its "Cord Blood Saves Lives ... It's a Homerun!" campaign. "I look forward to being able to help increase awareness of the benefits of umbilical cord blood donation and cord blood stem cell treatments for people in need," Rodriguez, a nine-time All-Star, says. A-Rod joins CORD:USE spokesman Julius "Dr. J." Erving, who has been a passionate spokesman in Washington and throughout the nation promoting cord blood donation from minorities, who are underrepresented in the current bone marrow and cord blood registries. "I am delighted to join the world-class team at CORD:USE. They've got some terrific leaders in the field of cord blood stem cell banking and transplantation, and we'll all be working together to help save lives," says Rodriguez, who is leading the Major Leagues in homeruns this season. "That's a 'homerun' that's as important to me as anything I'll ever do in a ballpark." Cord blood stem cells have already been used to treat over 9,000 patients, saving thousands of people who would have otherwise had no chance of survival. Currently, more than 70 different diseases have been successfully treated utilizing cord blood stem cells. About CORD:USE Cord Blood Bank The CORD:USE Cord Blood Bank, headquartered in Orlando, Fla., is creating a large, ethnically diverse, high-quality inventory of available cord blood stem cell units for the many patients in need of a potentially life-saving transplant. The Company's operations consist of the collection, processing, storage and subsequent delivery of stem cells found in umbilical cord blood for use in patients with life-threatening illnesses. CORD:USE Cord Blood Bank has entered into agreements with hospitals around the nation to provide mothers the opportunity to donate their babies' cord blood to a bank which will make these cord blood units available to serve the substantially increasing cord blood utilization demand. CORD:USE lists all of its units on the National Marrow Donor Program's Registry. For more information, visit http://www.corduse.com.
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