Low platelet count is a major side effect of cancer treatment. Some types of chemotherapy can damage bone marrow, reducing platelet production. (This damage is usually temporary.) Other times, the cancer itself causes the problem. Leukemia and lymphoma can invade the bone marrow and prevent the patient’s body from producing the platelets it needs.
Without a platelet transfusion, these cancer patients face life-threatening bleeding.
Your platelet donation helps people like Olivia Stoy, a spunky 12 yr old fighting T lymphoblastic lymphoma.
"She was a new person comparing our drive to the hospital on Friday and when we left the hospital Friday night! I just can’t put it in to words!”
- Megan Stoy describing how platelets help her daughter Olivia who is fighting cancer.