Scott Hicks received many blood transfusions as he battled Hodgkin lymphoma in 2009 (cancer of the lymphatic system). Transfusions are important for cancer patients because radiation, chemotherapy treatments, and treatment-related surgeries fight cancer but also harm healthy blood counts. Patients may experience fatigue, excessive bleeding, or bruising from reduced red cell and platelet counts. Blood transfusions boost blood levels back to normal and help the patient feel better during treatment.
Scott passed away six months after his diagnosis, but the blood donations he received helped him during his fight and prolonged his last days with family and loved ones. Catherine, Scott’s wife, shows her gratitude by donating blood for current cancer patients and says it’s easy for anyone to start giving. She explained that donating at the Blood Bank of Delmarva is simple because, “the staff works around your schedule to find an appointment.” Chances are there is someone in your neighborhood battling cancer. Your donation can become the next transfusion that helps give patients a chance at recovery.