As mums, the thought of our child developing a serious illness is one of our worst nightmares. Sadly, millions of mothers and children around the world go through the pain of dealing with life-threatening illnesses every day.
DKMS (formally known as The Sunflower Fund) is a charity that is helping to save the lives of children with leukemia and other blood disorders.
Through their efforts, they’re raising awareness and saving lives by giving people the opportunity to become donors. Blood donors save the lives of thousands of children each year – it’s one of the easiest, most heroic acts that you could possibly do.
Leukemia is the most common form of cancer in children and is often terminal.
It is a cancer of the blood that occurs when there is an abnormal increase of white blood cell production that crowds out the red blood cells and platelets, causing them not to serve their proper function.
The only way to help this is through potentially lifesaving blood transfusions, which require blood donations.
You would think that most children would be able to have a family member donate, but 75% of patients must rely on an unrelated blood donor to save their lives.
So, how does blood donation work and what should you expect from the process?
It might sound scary, but it’s completely non-invasive and a very quick procedure. Donors typically give around 500ml of blood through a drip system.
Afterward, you’ll be served refreshments to combat any light-headedness you may feel, and then a machine will separate your blood into red blood cells, plasma, and platelets to get them ready to be sent to a child in need.
To make it even easier for you to decide whether or not to become a donor – it’s completely free! For more information on how to become a donor and to read more stories, visit their websiteDKMS Website
Your blood donation can save the life of a child even if you’re low on time and money.
Read Naledi’s story here, who does not have a match in her family and needs a donor to help:
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We encourage everyone to consider becoming somebody’s superhero and changing the life of a family forever!
To see more from them follow their Instagram page HERE
Mums are you already a donor or will you consider becoming one or finding out more now that you know how easy it is to save a life?
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