Help Harvey

When five-year-old Harvey was diagnosed with leukemia in January 2023, he began receiving regular platelet transfusions. He and so many others fighting life-threatening illnesses need our help.

Pediatric patients in the U.S. use hundreds of thousands of blood components each year, with more than a quarter of those patients depending on platelet donations as they fight childhood cancers and other life-threatening diseases.

Harvey, a five-year-old boy from Texas, is one of those children. A natural-born musician, Harvey’s enthusiasm for the drums and the guitar may only be rivaled by the joy he gets from a big bag of popcorn and playtime with his favorite monster trucks.

Since his leukemia diagnosis in January 2023, however, Harvey has relied on regular platelet infusions to help him recover from his chemotherapy treatments.

The need for platelets

Platelets give cancer patients and survivors of serious injuries the strength to keep fighting and are used every 15 seconds in the United States.

Such a high demand contributes to a frequently short supply. Fortunately, unlike whole blood donation, platelet donors can give every seven days, up to 24 times per year.

If you would like to help Harvey and patients like him, schedule a platelet donation today.

Book an appointment today or call 877-340-8777.

Who can donate platelets?

A wide variety of people can donate platelets. The ideal platelet donor is healthy, weighs at least 110 pounds, has never been pregnant and has not taken aspirin within the last 48 hours.

People with A+, B+,B+ or O+ blood type have the greatest impact when donating platelets.

The process of platelet donations is done through apheresis, a process in which specific blood components can be extracted for donation.

Want to know more about platelets? Visit our full page on platelet donation.

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