Help Patients Battling Leukemia
What is Leukemia?
Leukemia is a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow. Most often, leukemia is a cancer of the white blood cells, but some leukemia’s start in other blood cell types.
There are several types of leukemia, which are divided based mainly on whether the leukemia is acute (fast growing) or chronic (slower growing), and whether it starts in myeloid cells or lymphoid cells. Different types of leukemia have different treatment options and outlooks. Blood transfusion using cells donated by healthy volunteers can help replace red cell, platelets and other blood components. Some people with leukemia will need periodic blood transfusions.
Amanda Roberts is a 27- year- old single mother to a beautiful 16-month-old boy and is a small business owner. Sadly, Amanda was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in April with little to no symptoms of the disease.
Once detected, Amanda was immediately put into the hospital for 30 days to undergo intensive treatment as her blood was over 80 percent cancerous. After a short remission, her cancer is now back and progressing quicker than before.
Amanda started treatment on October 2. With treatment comes many blood transfusions. That’s where blood donors come in.
“These transfusions help save the lives of people like myself,” Amanda said. “I hope to bring awareness to this disease so we can eventually find a cure. Unlike many cancers with a known cause, my cause is unknown. Spreading the word to help save life’s is my main goal in my fight against cancer.”
Help save support Amanda, and many others battling Leukemia, by giving blood. Your donation has the power to help change lives and give hope.
How You Can Help
- Give blood – the ultimate gift to patients who often need blood transfusions.
- Encourage others to donate by sharing your story. Organize your own blood drive.
- Make an announcement at neighborhood, church or work gatherings.
- Be The Match, the national bone marrow registry, will be at an upcoming drive Sunday, Oct. 20 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Riverside from 8AM to 2PM. Donate blood and join the Be The Match registry. Schedule your appointment today.