August 21, 2008 1 Comment
A friend of a friend is in dire need of platelet donors in the Houston area. The blood type doesn’t matter, but the number of donors does; the more people who donate on her behalf, the higher on the priority list she goes. If you’re in the Houston area, please consider donating! See below for more information.
Please donate! Kathryn Meacham, Patient ID: 754592
Friends & Family,
We are writing because we hope you can help secure or donate blood platelets in the Houston area for our sister/cousin Kathryn (Katie) Meacham. Katie is presently undergoing treatment at MD Anderson for a very aggressive strain of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma!!!
Kathryn (Katie) Meacham is 25 years old and was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in April 2008. Katie underwent 3 months of unsuccessful chemo in New York. At that point, Katie and her mom made the difficult decision to move to Houston to undergo treatment at MD Anderson, which is known to have the best treatment available. Her current treatment plan includes a very aggressive chemo followed by a stem cell transplant.
When Katie has her stem cell transplant (in the next 2-3 weeks), she will be in great need of frequent, single donor platelets transfusions. Due to past negative reactions to multi-donor transfusions, single donor platelets are particularly important to Katie and often unavailable at the moment patients need them. We are in desperate need of finding people in the Houston area to give platelet donations for Katie. The more people who donate on her behalf, the higher on the priority list Katie gets. Blood type does NOT matter, the number of people donating does. We cannot overstate the importance of platelet transfusions to her treatment.
If you know anyone in the Houston area, please forward this message on to them and ask them to forward to everyone they know. We need platelet donors and words cannot sufficiently express our gratitude for your assistance and donations!
If you are interested in donating please call/email Lori or Wendy. We are trying to create a list of potential donors so we can contact people once the need arises. Unfortunately platelets have a short shelf life. With this in mind, please do not donate until we coordinate the donation with you to ensure it best helps Katie in her treatment. When you call or email us, please let us know your blood type (if you know it) and the best way to reach you.
Lori Rosen (Katie’s sister)
Wendy Clarfeld (Katie’s cousin)
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT KATIE PLEASE CHECK OUT KATIE’S KANCER BLOG AT http://www.kancerclub.com/
Call or email us with any questions and thank you for your support!! Much thanks and love, Lori Rosen and Wendy ClarfeldWendy, Alice & Katie pointing towards Paraguay, Argentina & Brazil