Jordyn's Journey to Triumph Over ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Things people can do to help kids (and adults) in their battle against cancer

I was just reading another blog about another child with leukemia and found this and they said we were welcome to copy and paste, so I am after I say a few words about my little one. I know that sweet little Jordyn has already had to have two blood transfusions in just under a three month period in her fight against cancer, and I am grateful for those who have donated in the past and those who continue to dontate blood. The need for blood is great, and I have been very grateful that people are willing to give part of themselves to help save lives. I am sure Jordyn will need blood again over the course of her treatment, and while they can't give blood from family and friends directly to Jordyn, it helps others, and pays it forward.

1. Get registered in the bone marrow donor registry: There are many people who need a life-saving bone marrow transplant, but who don't have a match. Last month, we heard about this sad story - an 11 year old girl with AML (leukemia), who passed away. She needed a bone marrow transplant and a perfect match couldn't be found. YOU could be someone's match. It takes about five minutes to get signed up. Get registered and give someone hope!

2. Donate blood. According to the American Red Cross: every two seconds, someone in the US needs blood. Before Elena was diagnosed, I never could believe that number. I had no idea. But after going on this cancer journey with Elena and sitting in clinic watching blood transfusion after blood transfusion going on around us, that number is much more real to me. I've mentioned before how many transfusions Elena had in just one week - and that occasionally, her transfusion has been delayed because the blood bank didn't have the type of blood she needed. Or there's our cancer friend, Skyler, who has multiple platelet transfusions every day. And there's millions of other cases where people need blood. It is life-saving. And it can be really scary watching your sick child and being told that there isn't the blood they need available.

Some Facts About Blood Supply Needs and Blood Donation -from the American Red Cross •One donation can save the lives of up to three people. •The demand for blood transfusions is growing faster than donations. •Shortages of all blood types usually occur during the summer and winter holidays. •Less than 38% of the US population is eligible to donate blood. (So if you can, you can see that you're sorely needed!) •It is possible to donate specifically only platelets or plasma. This process is called apherisis. •Donated platelets must be used within 5 days of collection - new donations are constantly needed. •Healthy bone marrow makes a constant supply of red cells, plasma, and platelets. The body will replenish the elements given during a blood donation - some in a matter of hours, and others in a matter of weeks. •The average adult has about 10 to 12 pints of blood in his body. Roughly 1 pint is given during a donation. •The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 pints. •A healthy donor may donate red blood cells every 56 days. •A healthy donor may donate platelets as few as 3 days apart, but a maximum of 24 times a year. You must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in good general health to donate. (Eligibility requirements may vary in some states and donation centers.)

Please, if you possibly can, get out and donate. It's one of the best gifts you can give.

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