Honoring a sister’s memory

When Joyce Schiavone donates blood, she does so with her sister, Linda Norwood, in mind. Linda’s medical troubles began in her late 20s, when she developed pericarditis, a condition that can cause an accumulation of fluid in the pericardial sac around the heart. Pressure from the fluid can impair the heart’s functioning and cause life-threatening…

SUCCESS STORIES: Derek Ross

Derek Ross was a fit 24-year-old marathon runner when the diagnosis came. Bruises, bleeding gums and non-healing wounds led him to consult with a doctor in April 2000, who diagnosed acute promyelocytic leukemia, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. Treatment began immediately and involved more than 20 transfusions of whole blood and platelets….

“I’ll always give”

Mike Fournier gets a little emotional when he talks about his dad and the donated blood that keeps him alive during treatment for a bone marrow disorder. “I’ll always give,” Mike says. “I’ll never miss a donation again — not on purpose.” Mike’s father was diagnosed this past June with myelodysplastic syndrome, a form of…

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

We had a blast at the 2013 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, on Sunday, Oct. 6, a Autzen Stadium in Eugene. Cathy’s Crickets walked the race in honor of Lane Blood nurse Cathy Emerson, who passed away from cancer several years ago. The Bloodmobile was on site from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and race…

A little boy’s legacy

Cameron Merrill was 19 months old when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He fought the disease for nine long months, cheerful and silly and goofy all the way. But on Jan. 17 of this year, his little body succumbed and Cameron died. Monday, Sept. 23, was the Cameron Merrill Memorial Blood Drive at PeaceHealth…

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Relay for Life 2013

    It’s something you don’t think about until you or someone you love experiences it. Nearly all cancer patients use blood sometime during their treatment. In fact, cancer patients use more blood products than patients with any other disease. The problem isn’t the cancer itself, but the treatment. Strong doses of chemotherapy and bone…