GLENDALE -- Coyotes captain Shane Doan on Tuesday helped United Blood Services kick off its summer campaign by giving blood in honor of two boys who were diagnosed with childhood cancer and are alive today thanks to nearly 100 blood donors.
|Coyotes captain Shane Doan, with the help of his daughter Karys, donates blood to United Blood Services on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. |
The boys, Tommy and Owen, were at the Phoenix Donor Center to cheer Doan on as he gave the first O-negative donation of the summer campaign to increase Arizona’s blood supply. Doan also helped unveil the 2014 hero-wrapped Passat S donated by the Valley Volkswagen dealers that will be raffled among summer blood donors. All June 1 – August 31 blood donors will be automatically entered to win and 10 finalists will be drawn to participate in the Sept. 17 grand prize ceremony. The winner will drive away the proud owner and a hero to Arizona’s youngest patients!
Tommy is alive today because of 85 lifesaving blood transfusions. His life took a dramatic turn when he was 11 years old after he experienced unusual swelling from an injury playing baseball. He was rushed to the hospital, where blood tests revealed Tommy had leukemia.
“We were shocked,” said his mother, Connie. “When we found out that 98 percent of his blood was cancer cells, we realized how close we came to losing him.”
Tommy has a clean bill of health now, but continues to rely on blood donors periodically to offset the long-term effects of chemotherapy.
Thanks to six blood donors, 12-year-old Owen is looking forward to summer vacation. Diagnosed with bone cancer six years ago, he underwent doses of chemotherapy to slow the disease, as well as transfusions of red blood cells and platelets to prepare his body for limb-saving surgery.
Today, Owen is cancer free, but he will require additional orthopedic surgeries on his leg and follow-up visits.
“I will always be grateful to blood donors for their selfless gift to my son,” said his mom, Carrie. “They helped him to fight cancer.”
For blood donation appointments, call 1-877-UBS-HERO or Visit www.BloodHero.com.