Local moms urge everyone to donate blood during Childhood Cancer Awareness month

Children battling cancer often need multiple blood and platelet transfusions to fight the disease.

BELLEVUE, WASH. – September is a month for childhood cancer. An estimated 10,000 children in the US will be diagnosed with cancer this year.

Some local mothers are raising awareness and also thanking blood donors for a life-saving gift.

A group of eight mothers came together on Tuesday to donate blood in Bellevue.

“Often cancer mothers will get together to donate blood, but it’s usually just couples,” said Christine O’Connell of the Kick Childhood Cancer Guild. “Our children, children who are battling cancer, cannot do it without the help of donors. They need blood, they often need platelets during treatment. Treatment can last for months for some children. “

All of the moms who performed on Tuesday’s Bloodworks Northwest blood have children who have been battling cancer. Not all of them won their battle with the disease.

“My son Ewan Lill was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2016, started treatment and was treated for almost two years. Sadly, he died of the disease in 2018,” said Jenny Harrington Lill, who is also a researcher at Fred Hutch. “During that time he received over 80 blood products and transfusions which allowed us to have more time with him so we are very grateful and this is my way of paying them back and paying it forward.”

“So many people don’t realize that it takes about 20 minutes, just 20 minutes, to donate blood. You can donate every 56 days,” O’Connell said. “It’s Childhood Cancer Month so come out and donate to children.”


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