Our 4-year-old daughter, Clarke O’Neill, is fighting cancer every day. The life-saving medicine she is treated with is hard on her body and her blood counts are frequently low. She needs a blood transfusion about once every week and a half to stay strong and continue her fight. She also just received her first platelet transfusion last week as well and we are not sure how regularly she will need platelets. These transfusions are likely to continue at this pace for the next two years.
Did you know, one blood donation can help save up to three lives? That truly means a lot to Clarke, to us, and other patients in need.
Generous blood donors are saving Clarke’s life and giving her the energy to just be a kid. How can we ever repay them? Help me reach my goal to give back at least as much blood as Clarke needs and beyond! Ensure that all patients receive the life-saving blood they need. Make and keep an appointment to give blood to the American Red Cross.
After you have donated, please let us know! We want to see your photos, hashtags (#teamclarke) sentiments, and spread the word as far as you can. This is an important mission and if you feel helpless, here is your chance to make life-altering differences in people’s lives.
I’ve learned that the pandemic is taking a toll on the number of blood donations received. In August they are expecting the incoming donations to be critically low. If you are hesitant for any reason and have questions, please call the American Red Cross and get answers.
Thank you tremendously for all of your support and interest in becoming a hero!
The Clarke O’Neill Family
Visit the Caring Bridge Site – https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/wecareforclarke