Stories about: Blood Donor Center

Camden’s fight to overcome osteosarcoma inspires his family to give blood

Camden and his family before surgery for osteosarcoma
Camden (in white) with his parents and brothers

Camden Bailey is a fun-loving, smart, 14-year old from Jackson, New Hampshire. An outstanding three-sport athlete, Camden is highly regarded by his coaches and teammates as a natural-born leader.

In January, with only two weeks left in his basketball season, Camden began experiencing pain around his left knee. A dedicated athlete and team player, he planned to power through the pain. It was probably just an issue with a ligament or muscle. He started physical therapy in February and felt it was helping. But at basketball tryouts in March, he hobbled around the court.

Camden’s parents, Jen and Chris, knew something was wrong. They made an appointment with Camden’s pediatrician the next day.

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Making a difference, one blood donor at a time

Blood Donation from Northeastern DTD

When Mat Jacowleff walks into the Blood Donor Center (BDC) at Boston Children’s Hospital, the room lights up. Whoever is sitting at the front desk gets up to shake his hand, and as he walks by the donation room, waves and smiles fill the space. Mat, a Connecticut native now studying business at Northeastern University, loves spending time at the BDC and they love having him.

This all started around six months ago. At a doctor’s appointment at Boston Children’s, Mat noticed a Give Pints for Half Pints sign that read, “One pint of donated blood can help up to four children.” Recently named his fraternity’s community service chair, Mat had been looking for a way to give back to his community and thought, “What better way to do so than at Boston Children’s Blood Donor Center?”

“I’ve always loved connecting people,” says Mat. “So when I saw the sign, I thought, ‘There are over 100 guys I have an influence over who are willing to help, so I might as well do what I can.'”

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Giving blood: important in a crisis, important all year long

Following the tragedy in Boston on Marathon Monday, thousands of people asked, “what can I do to help?” For many, the answer was “give blood.”

In fact, the desire to donate in days after the marathon was so great that appointments at the Boston Children’s Blood Donor Center booked up quickly, and many eager donors were asked to schedule future appointments.

The generosity was truly remarkable and the donations very much needed. But it also spurred curiosity. More than once I heard someone ask, “How does the blood you donate go on to help others?”

The answer is a little more complex than you might expect,. For starters, donated blood can be used all at once, called whole blood, or separated into components which can go on to help people with different needs.

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Giving the gift of life: WBZ-TV shares the story of Charlotte Kelly

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Charlotte Kelly is battling neuroblastoma

WBZ-TV yesterday shared the story of Charlotte Kelly, a 3-year-old Children’s patient who is battling stage IV neuroblastoma. The chemotherapy used to treat Charlotte’s cancer destroys the platelets in her blood, so she needs regular transfusions to replace them. Her mother’s colleagues from the Tynan Elementary School in South Boston gave the greatest holiday gift this week when they came to Children’s Blood Donor Center to donate platelets for Charlotte.

As you’re giving gifts this year, don’t forget to give the ones, like blood and platelets, that don’t cost a dime but help kids like Charlotte every day at Children’s and places like it around the world.

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