Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Blood donation

    Another way to take action against childhood cancer, one that I forgot to mention yesterday, is blood donation.  Children with cancer go through many units of blood, and may need multiple units per transfusion. My own brother had 28 transfusions, and his treatment lasted only 11 months.  Leukemia treatment can last over 3 years, and can include bone marrow and stem cell transfusions, which requires other bodily fluids too.  You can help a child in need of blood by donating at your local Red Cross, or other community based blood center.  Each donation takes between 45 minutes and 1 hour, and can save up to three lives. Bonus: there's free cookies.

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