Honoring Mothers in May

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In honor of mothers and caregivers of children, Virginia Blood Services has launched the Mothers of May (M.O.M.) campaign.  The campaign recognizes moms who have personally been impacted by the gift of life, or who have supported a loved one impacted by the gift of life, and shown exemplary strength, hope and courage through the process.

Children as young as newborns can be greatly impacted by the generous gift of blood donations.  As little as three teaspoons of blood can save a baby’s life.  Some children with blood diseases will spend their childhood receiving routine blood transfusions.

Did you know if you are an O-Negative blood type,  you have a rare and special blood type?  This blood is special because it can be used to treat newborns, premature infants, and those with suppressed immune systems. Such donors are scarce.  Only 7% of the population has O-Negative blood!

 

Last winter, local mom Margaret Hancock learned the importance of maintaining a blood supply within our community.  Margaret’s 22 month old son Woods was hospitalized with transient erthryoblastopenia of childhood (TEC).  One of Woods’ hospitalizations for this bone marrow deficiency overlapped with a blizzard that resulted in over 900 units of blood lost due to transportation and additional issues caused by the snow.  Thankfully, Woods was still able to receive the multiple blood transfusions needed for him to survive until his bone marrow recovered and began producing its own red blood cells again.

The Hancock family has organized a blood drive to be held this month as a way to pay it forward just as others did with blood donations that Woods received.

Tuesday, May 10

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Salisbury Country Club

13620 W Salisbury Rd.

Midlothian, VA 23113

 

Be the Strength, Hope and Courage 

If you or someone you know has a story to share about a mom who has personally been impacted by the gift of life, or who has supported a loved one impacted by the gift of life, and shown exemplary strength, hope and courage through the process, we’d like you to share it and bring awareness to the importance of blood donation.

 

Share the story on BeTheGivingType.org or on social media @vablood.

Schedule Your Appointment | Locate a Donor Center Near You | 1.800.989.4438

 

If you are interested in hosting a blood drive in honor of Mothers of May, please contact us!

Donate Blood. Support Life.

Special thanks to our Mothers of May partner, CHAOS & KIDDOS and The ModernMODERN FEMME™Femme Movement for partnering with us for this special campaign. 

Join the movement and meet the women that will support you for the rest of your life. Learn how to implement the systems and resources that can help get your life back on track and you will discover what makes you uniquely awesome and why the life YOU choose is the only life you need to live.

Learn more and register to attend: http://modernfemme.com/mfm2016/