CYPRESS DONOR CENTER OFFERS CHANCE TO SAVE LIVES AND SEE THE ASTROS
Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center seeks platelet donors to help cancer patients
By Julie Silva
CYPRESS – There is nothing more American than baseball and saving lives. Everyone who participates in The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center’s Home Run for Life competition will get a chance at both through June 30.
Donors who give platelets at a Neighborhood Donor Center will earn a chance to win field-level Astros tickets. Participants will move up a base every time they donate, and they’ll get a bonus entry when they hit a home run. At the end of the competition, four winners will be randomly selected.
Cypress residents have the option of conveniently donating in The Blood Center’s newest facility at 15050 Fairfield Village Square Dr., Suite 105.
Platelets are in high demand and primarily help cancer patients. Because they only have a shelf-life of five days, donors are always needed. Those who give platelets can donate every seven days, up to 24 times a year. Just like Astros are heroes to their fans this season, those who give platelets are heroes to the many patients in our region who need them.
Cypress resident Eden Green, 12, received multiple red blood cell and platelet transfusions after she was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer in June 2015. The cancer was so rare it did not have a name. In fact, no doctor on record had treated it in the country.
The cancer started in her right tibia and spread to the rest of her body. Eden said when it began, she was in pain all over. She was unable to walk for nine months. While she was being treated, the Green family became close to others in the hospital unit. Several of her friends are still there, fighting their battles.“It is scary to find out that you have cancer. All I knew was people with cancer die. It is a lot to digest and wrap your brain around at the age of 10,” Eden said at The Blood Center’s recent Celebration of Life event.
“They are still in need of blood products to survive,” Eden said. “Unfortunately, over the past year, there are several children that have not been able to beat cancer. My family and I have attended many funerals, which has been hard.”
Now cancer free, Eden wants to help others and plans to write a children’s book to give to children in the hospital who have been diagnosed with cancer.
“I encourage you to give the gift of life through blood donation,” Eden said. “It is a free gift to give, and it matters more than you could ever realize.”
Visit giveblood.org for more information about The Blood Center’s mission to save and sustain lives.
The Blood Center is the primary supplier of blood components to more than 170 hospitals and health care facilities in a 26-county Texas Gulf Coast region.
Cutline: Eden Green, 12, speaks at the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center’s Celebration of Life luncheon in February. Green was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer in 2015 and multiple red blood cell and platelet transfusions helped save her life.