"With medical research progressing -- and if everyone donates cord blood to public banks -- then an excellent cell match should be available for those that need cell transplantation in the future," Freed says.
Public banking saved Kottke's life. And she says the impacts of the lifeline she received are overwhelming.
"It's absolutely the most amazing thing anyone has ever done for me," Kottke says. "I'm thankful every day."
For more information about donations, visit www.nationalcordbloodprogram.org