What Matters This Week: Child Cancer Awareness month

What Matters This Week: Child Cancer Awareness month


THANKS FOR JOINING US ON WHAT MATTERS THIS WEEK. HERE IS ROWEN GO DODGE AND MARY GRANT FROM THE AMERICAN RED CROSS. WE ARE HERE TO TALK ABOUT CHILD CANCER SUCH AN IMPORTANT CAUSE. YOU ARE HERE, YOU ARE A SURVIVOR, ALMOST 12, YOU SAID. YES. YOU WERE FIVE, YOU HAD KIDNEY CANCER. YES. A W WELMS TUMOR. YES. TELL ME WHAT YOU REMEMBER FROM THAT TIME? I WAS FIVE SO I DIDN’T REALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT CANCER WAS WHEN MY PARENTS FIRST TOLD ME. AND ONCE I FINALLY GOT A SENSE OF IT AND I WAS IN THE HOSPITAL MORE, JUST GOT MORE AND MORE STRESSFUL EVERYDAY, YEAH. YOU WERE STRESSED BE EVEN AT SUCH A YOUNG ANAL. YES. — YOUNG AGE. YES. IT’S HARD TO FATHOM WHAT OTHER CHILDREN AND KIDS HAVE TO GO THROUGH. I UNDERSTAND TOO, YOU HAD A BLOOD TRANSFUSION. YES. DID YOU UNDERSTAND AT THE TIME WREALLY WHAT NEEDING BLOOD WAS ALL ABOUT? NO, NOT AT ALL. WOW, WHAT WAS THAT EXPERIENCE LIKE. WITH MOM AND DAD TRYING TO TALK YOU THROUGH WHAT WAS GOING ON? AGAIN, STRESSFUL, VERY STRESSFUL. LIKE EVERYDAY THINKING, LIKE MAKING EVERYDAY THAT I WAS THERE LIKE THE BEST AND HAVING — LIKE LIVING IT TO THE FULLEST, AND BEING AROUND MY FRIENDS ALL THE TIME, TALKING TO THEM AND I TOLD THEM ABOUT IT. THEY WERE STRESSED TOO, PRAYING FOR ME, YEAH, IT WAS A LOT. SO MIDDLE SCHOOL YOU SAID NOW. YES. YOU GOT A GOOD TEACHER. YOU GOT A LOT OF TEACHERS. YEAH. SO WHAT KIND MUCH SPORT DO YOU PLAY SOME. WELL, I’M DOING DANCE AT THE MOMENT, BUT I’M GOING TO BE DOING BASKETBALL PRETTY SOON. AND WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP. I REALLY DON’T KNOW. WE HAVEN’T GOTTEN THAT FAR. I’M NOT GOING TO MAKE YOU GIVE ME AN ANSWER. YOU HAVE PLENTY OF THINKING ABOUT IT. MARY, YOU WERE HERE A LOT WHEN IT COMES TO THE RED CROSS, AND THIS IS SUCH, YOU KNOW, A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK EMERGENCY, CRASHES WHEN IT COMES TO NEEDING TO GIVE BLOOD. IS THIS AN ASPECT THAT YOU FIND YOURSELF HAVING TO EXPLAIN MORE TO PEOPLE WHEN IT COMES TO THE NEED? WELL, I’VE HAD PEOPLE SAY TO ME WHEN I’VE DONE INTERVIEWS. IT SEEMS LIKE YOU’RE ALWAYS ASKING FOR BLOOD, AND LAUREN, THE NEED FOR BLOOD IS CONSTANT. AND AS YOU SAY, SEPTEMBER IS CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS MONTH, AND THE AMERICAN CANCER INSTITUTE ESTIMATES THAT MORE THAN 15,000 KIDS ADOLESCENCE, AND YOUNG ADULTS WILL BE DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER. AND ACTUALLY WHETHER YOU’RE A YOUNG ADULT OR AN ADULT WHEN YOU’RE UNDERGOING CANCER TREATMENT, YOU CAN REQUIRE RED BLOOD CELLS OR BLATEPLATE LETS, — PL PLATELETS SOMETIMES AS OFTEN AS A DAILY BASIS. THAT IS WHY WE SAY THE NEED IS CONSTANT. YOU WENT THROUGH BLOOD TRANSFUSION. YES. IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY, I KNOW YOU SAT DOWN WITH DEVON BATES, WAS THERE MORE ENERGY THAT YOU COULD TELL. COULD YOU TELL RIGHT AFTER HAVING THE BLOOD TRANSFUSION? WELL, I WAS DEFINITELY TIRED. I WAS ALWAYS TIRED, BUT I DON’T REALLY REMEMBER THAT MUCH, BUT I FEEL LIKE, YEAH, I WAS MORE ENERGETIC, YEAH. DO YOU HAVE A FURTHER UNDERSTANDING NOW OF HOW IMPORTANT BLOOD DRIVES ARE. I TALKED ABOUT YOUR FRIENDS. YEAH. DO PEOPLE THINK ABOUT DONATING AND GIVING BLOOD ONE DAY WHEN THEY’RE ABLE? YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY. THERE’S SO MANY KIDS THAT IF THEY DON’T HAVE BLOOD, IT’S LIKE A RISK AND IT’S SUPER, DUPER IMPORTANT. IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT. YOU KNOW, IF I COULD JUST ADD THAT BLOOD TRANSFUSION IS THE FOURth MOST COMMON INPATIENT HOSPITAL PROCEDURE IN THE COUNTRY, AND YET, ONLY ONE OUT OF EVERY — EXCUSE ME, THREE OUT OF EVERY 100 PEOPLE ARE BLOOD DONORS. WE ARE ENCOURAGING ALL ELIGIBLE DONORS THAT CAN TO COME OUT AND DONATE RED BLOOD CELLS OR PLATELETS THIS MONTH AND ALWAYS. IF YOU ARE A DONOR NOW, I WOULD STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU. THE BOTTOM LINE IS THE RED CROSS NEEDS MORE RED BLOOD DONORS MUCH LOOK ASHED AT YOUR FRIENDS, AND FAMILY, AND INVITE THEM TO COME WITH YOU, BECAUSE AS WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT BEFORE, IF YOU COME OUT, AND YOU DONATE BLOOD THIS WEEK OR PLATELETS, THEY HAVE A SHELF LIFE. WHEN YOU DONATE BLOOD, THAT BLOOD DONATION CONSISTS OF RED BLOOD CELLS, PLATELETS AND PLASMA. THE RED BLOOD CELLS WILL LAST FOR 42 DAYS, ANDED PLATELETS AND PLATELETS FIVE DAYS, AND PEOPLE LIKE REWEN UNDERGOING CHEMOTHERAPY THEY REQUIRE EVERYDAY. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT IT, BECAUSE THE NEED TRULY IS CONSTANT. WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT NUMBERS, JUST HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE DONORS WHEN YOU COMPARE IT TO OTHER YEARS, HOW WOULD YOU SAY WE ARE RIGHT NOW IN TRYING TO EDUCATE PEOPLE ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO GIVE? WELL, WE’RE TRYING, BUT I WOULD HAVE TO SAY THAT THAT NUMBER HAS REALLY REMAINED FAIRLY STATIC ABOUT THREE OUT OF EVERY 100. WE REALLY ARE MAKING THAT A FOCAL POINT OF OUR MASSAGING TO THE PUBLIC RIGHT NOW OF TRYING TO UNDERLINE, THAT’S THE ISSUE IS THAT WE NEED MORE PEOPLE TO DONATE. LAUREN WHAT WE FOUND IN TALKING WITH PEOPLE ABOUT BLOOD DONATION IS THEY USUALLY FALL INTO ONE OF TWO PLACES THAT EITHER THEY JUST WANT TO HELP, OR THEY HAVE HAD SOMEONE LIKE ROWAN IN THEIR FAMILY WHO HAS EXPERIENCED THE LIFE SAVING EFFECT OF HAVING THOSE BLOOD AND PLATELETS AVAILABLE WHEN THEY NEED THEM SO THEY REALLY FEEL THAT THEY WANT TO PAY THAT FORWARD, AND DONATE FOR OTHER PEOPLE. AND I THINK IF IT’S NOT ON YOUR RADAR SCREEN, I UNDERSTAND IT. I THINK IT’S HUMAN NATURE, BUT WE ARE REALLY TRYING TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE THAT IF YOU’RE A DONOR NOW, BECOME A RECRUITER FOR THE RED CROSS. START LOOKING AROUND, BRINGING YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY WITH YOU, AND ALSO TO MAKE IT A REGULAR HABIT, BECAUSE AS I SAID, THE DONATION THAT YOU MAKE TODAY ALREADY HAS A SHELF LIFE. AND SO GET THAT APPOINTMENT ON YOUR CALENDAR. YOU CAN DONATE BLOOD EVERY EIGHT WEEKS. WE WANT TO GET PEOPLE INTO THAT HABIT. DONATE NOW, MAKE YOUR NEXT APPOINTMENT. TREAT IT, IN THIS CASE TREAT AS IMPORTANT AS YOU TREAT IT YOUR HAIR APPOINTMENT AND HAIR CUT. GOOD POINT, GETTING YOUR NAILS DONE, IT’S JUST AS IMPORTANT. IF YOU’RE ANYTHING LIKE ME, IF IT’S NOT ON YOUR ENDAR, IT’S NOT — CALENDAR, IT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. THE NEED FOR BLOOD IS CONSTANT. IT’S THE BLOOD ON THE SHELVES THAT SAVES LIVES. YOU NEED THE HEAVY-DUTY PEOPLE, RIGHT, WHO CAN GIVE MORE, WHEN IT COMES TO, WHAT IS IT, THE DOUBLE RED. THERE ARE MULTIPLE WAYS THAT YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE AND MAKE SURE THAT THE BLOOD SUPPLY IS STRONG. YOU CAN — THERE ARE BLOOD DRIVES AROUND VERMONT EVERYDAY, WE ARE LUCKY HERE IN BURLINGTON THAT WE HAVE THE DONATION CENTER ON PROSPECT STREET WHERE YOU CAN MAKE A DONATION. AS YOU SAY, THERE’S WHAT IS CALLED A POWER RED DONATION AND THE POWER RED DO NATION, YOU ARE BASICALLY GIVEN A CONCENTRATED DOSE, ALMOST LIKE GIVING A DOUBLE DOSE OF RED BLOOD CELLS AND THE PLATEPLATE LETS AND THE PLASMA ARE RETURNED TO YOUR BODY WITH EXTRA HYDRATION. I TALKED TO PEOPLE WHO ARE POWER RED DONORS. THEY HAVE TOLD ME THAT THEY LEAVE THAT DONATION FEELING MORE REFRESHED THAN WHEN THEY CAME IN, AND ALSO VERY IMPORTANT IN THE TREATMENT OF ANY KIND OF CANCER PLATELETS. MANY TIMES CANCER TREATMENT CAN AFFECT YOUR BODY’S ABILITY, THE ABILITY OF THE BLOOD TO CLOT, AND THAT IS WHAT PLATELETS DO. IS THEY ALLOW YOUR BLOOD TO CLOT AND THEY ONLY HAVE THE FIVE-DAY SHELF LIFE. THE TRICKY THING HERE WE’RE LOOKING FOR DONORS BECAUSE IT’S A BIT OF A LONGER PROCESS. PEOPLE BRING BOOKS. THEY WATCH MOVIES. I HAVE TO TELL YOU, YOU’RE TREATED PRETTY SPECIAL WHEN YOU’RE A PLATELET DONOR. YOU DO HAVE TO DONATE AT A DONATION CENTER, BECAUSE WHAT HAPPENS IS THAT THEY REMOVE THE PLATELETS AND THEY RETURN THE BLOOD AND THE PLASMA TO YOUR BODY, BUT THE PROCESS TAKES MORE LIKE TWO HOURS; WRARS WHEREAS GIVING A BLOOD DONATION, PLAN ON AN HOUR, THE TEN MINUTES OF IT IS THE ACTUAL BLOOD DONATION. AND LAUREN, AS MUCH AS THAT SOUNDS LIKE A TIME COMMITMENT. I KNOW SO MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE COME IN ON HOLIDAYS, BECAUSE OF THE SHORT SHELF LIFE THAT I KNOW PEOPLE WHO COME IN ON CHRISTMAS, EASTER, THANKSGIVING, AND THEY DO TREAT IT AS I SAID, AS THAT MOST IMPORTANT APPOINTMENT ON THEIR CALENDAR, BECAUSE THEY KNOW THAT FIVE DAYS, AND LAUREN, THAT FIVE DAYS INCLUDES THE TESTING. SO IT’S SUCH A TURN AROUND AND THERE’S SUCH A NEED. SO IF YOU DO THINK THAT YOU HAVE THE TIME, MAYBE TO LOOK INTO IT, I WOULD LIKE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT PLATELET DONATION, CALL 1-800-RED CROSS. GO TO RED CROSS BLOOD.ORG, AND TYPE IN MATE LETS AND FIND — PLATELETS AND LOOK FOR MORE, BECAUSE WE’RE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR MORE. CANCER DOES NOT TAKE A BREAK WHEN IT’S THANKSGIVING OR CHRISTMAS. THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING THROUGH THIS EVERYDAY. ROWEN, YOUR MESSAGE OUT THERE TO WHPEOPLE WHO CAN DONATE AND MAYBE NEVER REALLY HAD A PERSONAL REASON RIGHT IN FRONT OF THEM TO GIVE? IT’S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT, BECAUSE LIKE, SOME KIDS, LIKE THEY MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO GET OUT OF THE HOSPITAL FOR HOLIDAYS. THEY MIGHT NOT BE ABLE — THEY MAY HAVE ON SPEND BIRTHDAYS IN THE HOSPITAL. THEY MIGHT HAVE TO MISS A FRIEND’S — LIKE A FRIEND’S SPECIAL BIRTHDAY PARTY BECAUSE THEY ARE IN IN THE HOSPITAL. AND DONATING IS ONE STEP CLOSER TO GETTING THEM OUT. IT’S VERY IMPORTANT. I KNOW, YOU MUST BE SO THANKFUL FOR THE PEOPLE WHO PROBABLY, YOU NEVER SAW THEIR FACES. WHO WERE JUST THERE FOR YOU, RIGHT? YES. WELL, YOU’RE DOING AWESOME. IT’S SO GOOD TO SEE YOU. MARY, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. THANK YOU. WE WILL BE BACK ON WHAT MATTERS THIS WEEK.

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