something does not directly affect you,
there is a pronounced ignorance that comes attached to that. This recognition has held true to me a few times.
The first, was when my husband lost his brother when we were in the early
months of dating. He was eighteen years old, and
I had never known the searing pain of knowing and losing someone who was too
young to leave this earth. My mind shifted about death after that. No
longer when I read about someone elderly passing did it tug at me like it used
too. Yes, it was sad when I heard of someone’s
grandparent passing, but to me, it was
the natural way of life. We live, we grow old and eventually die. That’s the way
it should be, not witnessing the parent bury their child.
text message that read, “Please pray, they are testing for leukemia.”
A message like that shakes your soul. It halts
you right where you are as you let out a plea, “Dear Lord, no. Do not let this
be real.” But in this case, it was. At just six months old, my friend’s daughter, Blake was diagnosed with ASL, Acute Myeloid Leukemia.
precious baby went through chemo, blood transfusions,
and a marrow transplant they encouraged family and friends to donate blood and
register to become a stem cell donor. Never was something as simple as donating
blood so important now. Without these donations,
dear sweet Blake would not have lived as long as she did.
just say it; I did it. At the time I was
unable to donate blood, but I did register to become a stem cell donor. Now I am
in the system and could be a match to a babe
like Blake one day and have the chance to give them a chance at life, a chance at more time.
waiting for a stem cell match. Approximately
75 percent of patients who need an
unrelated blood stem cell transplant are unable to find a suitable match within
their family. Having The Cord Blood Bank gives these patients more of a chance
to find the right match that they need.
with private cord blood banks. That means
that donations are collected at no charge
to you. Canadian Blood Services is looking for all types of ethnic backgrounds
inherited immune system and metabolic
disorders, as well as sickle cell disease.
Women’s Hospital, please talk with your health
care provider during your prenatal visits about your interest in donating your
baby’s cord blood and they can direct and guide you on how to proceed. Or you
can go to www.blood.ca/cordblood to download an information kit.
- Healthy (mother and baby) with no medical conditions that
could be passed on to a patient
- 18 years of age or
older, with their signed consent.
- Mothers reaching 34
weeks or later in their pregnancy
- Mothers not having a
multiple pregnancy (i.e. twins, triplets)
- Mothers fluent in English or French
- Mothers delivering at one of the five designated collection
cord and placenta can give the gift of life not only to the person in need but their family as well. There is nothing more
valuable than more time with the ones you love. That is what someone gave to
Blake’s family. More time to create memories that they will cherish for the
rest of their days until they reunite with her again. That is priceless. Your
donation is priceless.
also have collection sites in Ottawa (The Ottawa Hospital’s General Campus and
Civic Campus), Brampton, Ontario, in the Greater Toronto Area (William Osler Health System Brampton Civic
Hospital), and Edmonton, Alberta (Lois Hole Hospital for Women, Royal Alexander