Miss Arkansas 2018: Claudia Elizabeth Raffo

State: Arkansas

School: Arkansas State University

College Major: Chemistry

Scholarship Winnings: $85,000

Social Impact Initiative: New Life Saves Lives: Umbilical Cord Donation The miracle of life is a gift we witness every time a child is born. The very lifeline that sustained that child can also offer a lifeline to others. Through umbilical cord donation, we are given a powerful tool to help fight against blood diseases and certain cancers. Sadly, after each new birth, the normal practice is to discard the umbilical cord as medical waste; we are literally throwing away what could be someone else’s chance at life. New mothers have a choice: save, donate or discard their umbilical cords.