Inspiring Stories

Mothers and Life-Altering Lessons

Thursday, November 7, 2019

The birth of a child is a joyous event, a time when a family widens its circle and welcomes a new member. For Stephanie Arnold, the birth of her second child turned into a compelling lesson about the life-altering power of a readily available blood supply. Doctors nearly lost her after she delivered a healthy […]

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Blood Transfusions for People with Cancer

Thursday, November 7, 2019

A transfusion is putting blood or some part of it into a person’s vein through an intravenous (IV) line. Transfusions of blood and blood products may be given to a person who is bleeding or who can’t make enough blood cells. Blood transfusions save millions of lives in the United States every year. People usually […]

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Iris’s Story

Thursday, November 7, 2019

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 […]

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Kyrie’s Story

Thursday, November 7, 2019

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 […]

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Meet Javon

Thursday, November 7, 2019

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. […]

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Baby Charlotte’s Story

Thursday, November 7, 2019

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 bed rest 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 […]

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