NATIONAL PROJECT – CORD BLOOD RESEARCH



Or donations may be sent to:
Inner Wheel Australia Treasurer,
Cord Blood Research
PO Box 428,
Mentone, Victoria.  3194

Please make payable to Inner Wheel Australia


What's it all about?

‘Sean’s Two for Ten’
A two kilometre walk for $10

Hello, I’m Sean and I will be the face of your National Campaign Raising funds for Cord Blood Research and this is part of my story told by my Mother.

There have been so many wonderful life saving success stories due to stem cell transplants, one of which Sean’s.

Sean’s first year of life was tenuous to say the least, at one year old he was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease called ‘Severe Combined Immunodeficiency’ and given little chance of survival. It is thanks to stem cells derived from cord blood that he is here today.

Sean entered hospital on 19 March 2012, and underwent a week of aggressive chemotherapy to condition his body for the transplant. On March 27, at 11.26am, he was injected with 30mL of cord blood that saved my life. 4 nurses. 10 minutes. 30mL. That’s it!

Luckily, Sean’s enjoying a full and interesting life. Some of his favourite things to do is swim, ride his bike and play chess.

There is no way of knowing the trials and tribulations my young man has been through just by looking at him, thanks to a syringe full of life saving cord blood stem cells.

This information plus a lot more was provided by Sean’ Mother Gloria Hill.

Joining the campaign is eminent Professor Graham Jenkin, Clinical Sciences department at Monash University. Monash University is committed to finding cures for the treatment of leukaemia, strokes, heart disease and other autoimmune diseases such as Cystic Fibrosis. Cord blood is one of the most valuable tools being used in the research of these diseases.


A video tribute to Inner Wheel from Dr Michael Doran and the team from the Stem Cell Therapies Laboratory, University of Technology, Queensland


Cord Blood Research Grants are awarded to successful applicants each year at the IWA Annual Conference.  Please click the link to read more about the

Cord Blood Research Grants awarded by Inner Wheel Australia


The idea of Clubs in Australia supporting Cord Blood Research as a National Project was first presented by then IWA President Anne McGill to members attending the IWA Annual Conference in Adelaide in October 2000.  Support for the idea was overwhelming and thus the IWA National Project was born.  Click the link to discover

The history of Inner Wheel Australia and Cord Blood Research


Read The Red Financials and Newsletters

*53 Research Grants to current date totaling $3,098,462

Read The Red Balloon June 2021


Inner Wheel Cord Blood Translational Research Newsletter Dr Graham Jenkins June 2020