Blog of Bloodworks Northwest



Scarlet Craig: When Cancer Messed with the Wrong Girl

“It’s so hard to believe she is sick,” Tim Craig wrote on his blog while his four-and-a-half year-old daughter Scarlet bounced and played in the courtyard of Portland’s Doernbecher Children’s hospital. Scarlet had a tumor near her adrenal gland – the “mother tumor,” doctors called it – and another in her right pelvic region. She had already received a blood transfusion, a bone marrow biopsy, been stuck with needles and tubes and seen the word “oncology” much sooner than anyone should ever have to. But still, Scarlet “ran around and played with her sister and her friend Eric,” Tim wrote, holding those tiny moments close for when he’d need them the most.
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Layla beat cancer

Cancer Never Kept Her from Smiling

Five-year-old Layla kicked cancer at age five. After six rounds of chemotherapy, she knows exactly where your blood donations go.
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“I Love You Momma:” Gracie Lindal, Her Family, and Her Legacy of Love

Gracie Lindal was the answer to her parents’ prayers – a bright, bubbly girl who loved music and snuggling with her beloved stuffed Ducky. She was 8 years old when she was diagnosed with ITP, a platelet-destroying disease that caused a brain bleed that took her life in December 2011.
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Charles Drew: Plasma Pioneer, “Father of Blood Banking,” and American Hero

Every two seconds, someone in the United States requires a blood transfusion. And it is in large part thanks to the pioneering research of Dr. Charles Drew, whose revolutionary work changed the landscape of blood collection and storage and, historians say, saved the lives of millions of soldiers in WWII, that today we have blood banks in our communities to help people when they need blood to live. “He was a giant in our industry,” said OneBlood Chief Technical Officer Dr. Mike Pratt, who also describes Drew’s research as forming the basis for what would later become cross-matching compatibility testing, which is used in blood banks all over the world today. But it is for what Dr. Charles Drew did for blood stabilization and preservation that his work’s legacy endures today.
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