What is MDS?
Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are conditions that can occur when the blood-forming cells in the bone marrow become abnormal. This leads to low numbers of one or more types of blood cells. MDS is considered a type of cancer.
For more information, visit the American Cancer Society web site.
What this cause means to me
My grandfather is one of the most selfless people I know. Before being diagnosed with MDS, he made it a priority in his life to help others. He was the chairman for a community church fundraiser for over 40 years, drove patients to a veterans hospital, and donated over a gallon of blood. He proudly served our country in the US Army when he was young. I’ve been fortunate enough to grow up a short two hour drive away from him. Growing up, you could find us out in the fields of his farm, riding the tractor and taking care of the cows.
Due to MDS, my grandfather receives frequent blood transfusions. The blood transfusions replenish his red blood cells, which are needed to carry oxygen in his body. The blood supply in the U.S. is now at its lowest level in over decade. There’s no substitute for blood, which makes blood donations vital. Roughly 10,000 people, just like my grandfather, are diagnosed with MDS each year.
I’m asking for your help with Blood4MDS by donating on October 15th at the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department. Your blood donation can save up to three lives. You can register at this Inova blood drive page.
Thank you for considering to help. I hope to see you there!
As a special token of appreciation, all donors will receive a Inova Halloween-themed t-shirt.
(While supplies last. Sizes will vary. Must complete screening process to receive the t-shirt.)