Tuesday, October 7, 2014

cord blood

More often then not, I try not to go into too much detail about my job and the stories I hear, because I know some people don't want to hear it. Whether it scares them or makes them uncomfortable to hear tough stories, I don't know. 

But my sister Jackie isn't afraid of much. She hears my stories and immediately wants to give to help. She'll clean out her closet and donate clothes, buy extra food and donate food, she will find blankets and sheets not in use, and donate those. Without thinking twice, she gives because she knows how fortunate she is, and she just can't even think about if she was in that position. So she gives.

And every day I wish there were more people like her in the world.

Not only does she donate items, but now, with her second child almost here, she has signed up again to donate her cord blood. You'll remember a few years ago, when our Jojo came along, Jackie and her husband completed paperwork and bagged up her cord blood after (finally) giving birth. This cord blood is full of nutrients and blood-forming cells that can be used for critically ill patients with blood diseases like leukemia and lymphoma. 

Two years and some change go by, and Jackie had baby number two on the way, and once again immediately signed up to donate her cord blood. Now we have Madelyn Ann, and they have helped someone else in need. 

Click here or here to sign up with a blood cord bank to donate yours too. You have to sign up between your 28th and 34th week of pregnancy...don't miss your chance! 

Be the change. Make the difference.

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