The Knar family in Colorado Springs is searching far and wide for opportunities to help their youngest child Aden. The 11 year old was diagnosed with a rare form of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, and doctors recommend a familial umbilical cord blood stem cell transplant as a therapeutic option to send the cancer into remission.

Mike and Lori Knar are the parents of five children, including Aden but never learned about cord blood banking prior to any of the births. The Knars now believe that a sixth baby is in Aden’s best interests, and plan to bank the newborn baby’s cord blood as the sample is expected to be free of any trace amounts of leukaemia.

The family is searching for a surrogate mother who can help give birth to a new baby. Mike says the reason for the surrogacy may seem controversial, but he and Lori fully intend to raise the baby alongside Aden and the rest of their children in a healthy and loving home.

“I know there’s controversy in doing this, but if you’re sitting in our shoes, trying to save an 11-year-old’s life and you think long and hard, you go, ‘OK’.”

Aden was admitted to the Children’s Hospital Colorado last November to begin rounds of chemotherapy, and doctors initially began looking for a bone marrow donor. After realizing bone marrow was not a viable option to help Aden, the facility recommended cord blood as an alternative.

If Aden’s condition worsens before the new baby is born, doctors may even acquire the cord blood during the pregnancy, though that will be a last case scenario. More details about Aden and the Knar family’s story are available by following the link here.