Since you don’t always know who is receiving your blood donation, it can be hard to see how big of an impact you’re making. So in honor of Valentine’s Day, we want to show our donors how your generosity can help someone in need by sharing a few stories from our friends who have been on the receiving end of blood donations.
Trey was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma at three years old. After doctors discovered that he had a tumor about the size of a softball in his abdomen, he began treatment at Children’s Medical Center Dallas. After multiple rounds of chemotherapy, Trey needed several infusions of blood and platelets to get through his treatment. But that was only the beginning.
Between going through multiple rounds of chemotherapy, various bone marrow transplants, major surgeries, on-and-off hospitalizations and painful treatments, Trey survived off of blood donations. And after almost two years of treatment, Trey was able to continue his childhood as cancer-free. After everything his family has been through, they constantly express the gratitude they have for the blood donors who helped save his life.
Jace started his battle with cancer at age two when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Since ALL has one of the longest treatment plans of any of the childhood cancers, Jace went up against years of treatments, hospitalization, spinal-invasive treatments and chemotherapy. But instead of letting cancer bring them down, Jace’s family decided to fight full force—even making Jace his own hashtag #SuperJace to empower him to fight like a superhero. Over the next four years, he received the treatment he needed—along with multiple blood and platelet donations—to save his life. Now, Jace has returned to school as a healthy child while his family works to spread the word about how positivity can help you get through difficult situations. To follow their journey, visit onthewingsofgratitude.com.
Elyse has a blood enzyme disorder that causes her red blood cells to die young, resulting in severe anemia. Because of that, she must receive blood transfusions every two months to continue living as healthy of a life as she possibly can. And because Elyse has a very rare disorder, there hasn’t been much research dedicated to this particular blood enzyme (phosphofructokinase). While many patients may only require a blood transfusion once, Elyse will require them for the rest of her life. She’s one of many who rely on blood donors to survive.
Whether you get to meet the person receiving your blood or not, you can be sure that every donation you give will change someone’s life. Make an appointment today.