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Giving Blood

Posted Jan 07 2009 5:09pm

We are expecting Vivienne to get transfused with platelets today. Just a reminder to everyone who is able to do so, to please give blood.

Vivienne and all of the other children here at St. Jude are reliant on transfusions to allow them to continue their treatment. Blood and platelets are a valuable resource. The chemotherapy can decimate red blood cells and platelets, resulting in weakness, tiredness, bleeding, bruising and other problems for the kids. Vivienne sometimes receives blood or platelets (a more difficult donation process for the donor) up to four times a week! And there are many patients here with blood cancers whose lives depend on bone marrow or stem cell donations.

Unless you are here visiting St. Jude, your blood won't necessarily make it here, but it will help many others who desperately need it. St. Jude has blood donation here in the building, but when resources are low there, they look to the national blood banks. With my very rare O-Negative blood type, I am counting down the time until I can donate blood and platelets. My transfusions at the time of Vivienne's birth disqualify me for a year.

P.S. - If you haven't made a New Year's resolution, helping sick and injured people by giving blood - even just one time - is a good one!
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