Logan Steward is one of many children who rely on the generosity of blood donors. He lives with a qualitative blood platelet disorder. Logan’s blood chemistry doesn’t function normally and platelets in his blood can’t clot to stop bleeding. Things like routine dentist and orthodontist visits must be done in a hospital because the smallest cut can turn into a bigger problem. Logan’s aunt and Blood Bank of Delmarva volunteer, Sherye Hathaway Nickerson, explained, “A hospital is a safe place for him because donated blood is easily accessible.”
Complex surgeries are even more serious because of Logan’s blood disorder. So when Logan was diagnosed with Pediatric Chiari malformation, a condition where fluid builds up at the base of the skull, extra precautions were taken during his corrective surgery in 2012. He received blood transfusions from 25 platelet and blood donors before, during, and after the operation. The Blood Bank of Delmarva is an important organization to Logan’s family because of our life saving mission. Thanks to the selfless people who give back with our organization everyday, the blood will continue to be there for Logan and other children like him.