Usually, the Eugene Active 20-30 Club works to improve the lives of the children of Lane County.
But when past member D’arcy Usher Martin was diagnosed with Leukemia in June, the group turned its focus to helping one of their own.
Thus was born Donate for D’arcy. Friends and colleagues of D’arcy, once an active blood donor herself, gave blood in her honor at Active 20-30’s Pint for a Pint event at Hop Valley in Springfield and in-center at Lane Blood. The two events collected more than 30 units of blood. Each unit can help save three lives.
Cancer patients’ blood needs
D’arcy, 46, knows that firsthand. During her treatment, she has had 12 blood transfusions with a total of 24 units of blood. Leukemia can sometimes interfere with the normal production of red cells, white cells and platelets in the marrow. Many drugs used for chemotherapy can temporarily impair blood cell production in the marrow and depress immune system functions.
“Cancer patients need blood, especially platelets,” said Dan Ertel, a member of the 20-30 Foundation Board who has donated whole blood and platelets 333 times. “It’s the right thing to do.”
Sheila Cox, another 20-30 Foundation member, said D’arcy is fortunate to have a strong support system in the area during a difficult course of treatment. The Donate for D’arcy event certainly seems to be evidence of that. A big thanks to all of our donors, and to the Eugene Active 20-30 Club, which has been a long-time supporter of Lane Blood Center.