How much do you know about blood, bone marrow, or cord blood donation?
If you’re anything like me, you haven’t been informed simply because you haven’t needed it or known anyone whose needed it. Well, that changed last Saturday when I met this young girl named Alysha. She is a 6 year old girl who was diagnosed with Leukemia at age 4. Long story short, Alysha has gone through chemo, radiation, the whole bit. Last year she had a stem cell transplant from a cord blood donor at Sick Kids. It didn’t ‘take’ like the doctors wanted, but it put her in remission and she has stayed in remission since then! And as of now, she is actually doing fantastic. (Thanks God!)
Anyway, I have a friend Lauren who messaged me about taking photos for a blood clinic she was running in honour of Alysha. It was going to be their 3rd clinic but had no photos to show of the previous events. I said “yes” with the thought that “it’ll be great to help them out”. Well, needless to say, my eyes were opened to the need of these donations… and with the upcoming birth of Eli, I realized I needed to inform myself a lot more about donating the cord blood. Even though, it is way to expensive for most of us to store our own baby’s cord blood stem cells, I also know that if our little guy needed some of that in the future I’d be real glad that I donated…
To sum it up, I learned that donating blood is really not a “horrible” procedure. I had thought that for so long. But after asking many questions and seeing so many people do it that day, my previous thoughts/fear went away.
Thanks to everyone who came out to give blood… I’m sure it matters to people like Alysha more than we could possible know!
Here’s Alysha showing us her dance moves!
Alysha & her sister Amy helped the nurses… it was so cute to see how seriously they were taking their “job”
Yummy snacks provided for everyone donating. I may have had some baking… maybe.
It was a big deal for me to see everyone giving away their blood… but for Alysha it’s such a common thing.
Here’s Amy holding all of Alysha’s beads. Every bead represents a “procedure” that Alysha has gone through.
I think I ate enough chocolate eggs that morning!
Here is my friend Lauren just about ready to donate
me and the sweetie
This photo makes me laugh! Alysha: “No Justin you can’t have anymore chocolate”.
Lauren & Sarah… the amazing girls who helped put this clinic together!
This is Sharon Delisle. She works at the Guelph Blood Donor Clinic and can definitely help answer any of your questions (519) 837-4564. She was so awesome in answering all of mine!
If you’d like to know more about blood donation, bone marrow donors and cord blood donors than you can check out their organization: Operation Alysha.