A CAMPAIGNING Elm family, who run a cancer support charity, asked people up and down the country to be a “do-gooder” and donate blood in memory of their son.
Max Corp lost his battle with childhood cancer neuroblastoma on June 16, 2009 at the age of 17 months.
His death inspired his parents, Linza and Steve Corp, to set up Families Against Neuroblastoma (FAN), a charity dedicated to helping families affected by the disease.
To mark the second anniversary of Max’s death, which also coincided with National Blood Week last week, they asked people to give blood in his name.
Linza said: “We are trying to get as many people to give blood in memory of Max as possible. We are hoping people will tell us they’ve done it so we can see the impact.”
The event has been run through FAN’s Facebook page and Linza has shared her story in a bid to spur others into giving blood.
“There’s something about watching blood drip into your child,” she wrote.
“I wondered where it had come from and I imagined the person and the hour or so they must have taken putting their shoes and coat on, picking up their keys, sitting in a chair while the blood left their body, having a cup of tea and back at home, shoes and coat off like it was nothing at all.
“I wanted to know whose it was, I wanted to find them and tell them that their blood went somewhere very important, and thank them, for being a hero.”
During his cancer treatment, Max had over 90 ‘on-ward’ blood transfusions and around 70 platelet transfusion. He received even more in theatre.
Linza added: “I wish I could thank every person who helped to give us the precious year we had left with him, but I can’t, so instead we redress the balance by giving blood.”
Early indications are the campaign has gone well with people pledging their support online and also telling their stories.
“Some people said they used to give blood and this was the prompt they needed to start again,” said Linza.
People do take for granted blood supplies and Linza explained if more people gave blood, children would spend less time in hospital.
Patients can wait all day for one bag of blood which takes just 45 minutes to transplant.
“People think there is blood there all the time, We have sat in a ward waiting for blood to get here.
“That is when you realise there really isn’t an endless supply and it is really important. If people donated, children with cancer would spend less time in hospital,” she added.
Linza also wants to raise awareness of the importance also of organ and bone marrow donation as well.
• You can find out more information about FAN by visiting www.familiesagainstneuroblastoma.org or find them on Facebook.