Blog of Bloodworks Northwest



Blood donations help kids with sickle cell disease live a normal life

By Alix Dassler, ARNP, advanced practice provider, Seattle Children’s Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, Sickle Cell Program. My life’s work is taking care of children with sickleRead more →

COVID-19, Bloodworks, and you: What is convalescent plasma?

Can plasma from a COVID-19 survivor help someone currently battling the disease? History says it’s possible, and Bloodworks is at the forefront of the work toRead more →

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.Read more →
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.Read more →