On October 26, 2015 Shane Callaghan, who just celebrated his 15th birthday, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in his left leg. He underwent 7 months of chemo and had 3 major surgeries. He was declared cancer free July 21, 2016 and was cancer free for almost 2 years. Unfortunately, in March of 2018, he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma for the second time. Shane underwent surgery and started treatment again. In the early months of 2019, Shane’s cancer returned in his leg but this time around his kidneys could not handle any more treatments. As a result, he had his leg amputated in April of 2019. In August, Shane’s cancer spread to his lungs. We are now working on quality of life for as long as possible. We are planning trips and are having as much fun as we can. Throughout this time, Shane has proved why he is our superhero. He shows us what courage and strength is every day.
So far, Shane’s had over 30 blood transfusions. We are honored and thankful for the generosity of the blood donors that have made these transfusions possible.
Every two seconds someone in the United States, like Shane, needs a blood transfusion. The Red Cross needs to collect over 13,000 blood donations every single day! We are starting this virtual blood drive campaign to help keep blood on the shelves for patients in need. We hope you will pledge to donate blood in honor of Shane Callaghan. If you are unable to donate, please share the campaign and encourage others to donate! Our goal is to help collect over 100 pints of blood!