Iris’s Story

Iris’s Story

Iris Jacobs was diagnosed with Stage IV adrenal gland cancer shortly after her 12th birthday around Thanksgiving, 2013. Following intense radiation and chemotherapy treatments, coupled with frequent blood and cancer-fighting platelet transfusions, she lost her battle on December 30, 2015. “Until my daughter was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 13, I had never…

Kyrie’s Story

Kyrie’s Story

At just three months old, Kyrie was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy — a rare disease that affects just 1 in every 100,000 children in the United States. Kyrie’s left ventricle was pumping faster than his right, causing the left side of his heart to enlarge and threaten his life. After a terrifying hospital stay where…

Meet Javon

Meet Javon

One Chicago-area mom who has been impacted by sickle cell disease is Shakara Gross. She and her 15-year-old son, Javon, who was born with SCD, spend about 100 days a year in the hospital. For the past 3 years, Javon has received monthly blood transfusions at UIC Medical Center to keep the disease in check.…

Baby Charlotte’s Story

Baby Charlotte’s Story

Life is precious and when faced with medical challenges it is the love and care of others that provide the blood that ultimately saves lives.  Charlotte’s mother, Sophia, while on hospital bedrest due to her high-risk pregnancy, underwent frequent ultrasounds. One ultrasound detected possible bleeding within her unborn baby’s brain. An emergency C-section delivery was…

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