Please share! Mother battling leukemia in desperate need of platelet donations

Elizabeth Restey, a mother to two children, is battling leukemia. Her oldest son is 18 months and her youngest child is in NICU at Oishei Children’s Hospital as he was delivered at only 26 weeks.

Restey found out she had Acute Myeloid leukemia during her prenatal visit. This is Elizabeth’s second time with the same leukemia. She was diagnosed the first time at 21 years old, right after she graduated from University at Buffalo. This is no way for a young woman to start off motherhood.

Her mother, Sarah Henry, had this to say:

“She is such a strong girl…. a real fighter. This is a really hard time for all of us, but her especially because she can’t see her babies. Her bone marrow transplant was scheduled for this week, but was canceled after she developed an antibody to her donors bone marrow.”

Restey is currently at Roswell and they have a shortage in platelets. You can donate to Roswell directly. She can accept anyone’s platelets, so people can ask for them to go directly to her. It takes about two hours to donate. Donating blood saves lives and here is a situation where you can directly impact the health and well being of a mother to two beautiful babies.

For more information call the donor center at 716-845-8275 or email blooddonor@roswellpark.org.

15 thoughts on “Please share! Mother battling leukemia in desperate need of platelet donations

  • November 29, 2017 at 1:05 am
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    Is anyone able to state what the requirements are for someone to donate? I’d be happy to donate platelets!

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    • November 29, 2017 at 5:42 am
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      You are eligible if you are at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health. You can donate platelets every 7 days or a total of 24 times per year. Platelet donors must not take aspirin or products containing aspirin within 48 hours of their donation. Aspirin consumption takes away the “stickiness” of platelets causing the platelets to lose their ability to adhere properly when needed to stop bleeding.

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    • November 29, 2017 at 5:54 am
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      General Guidelines. To donate blood or platelets, you must be in good general health, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be at least 16 years old. Parental consent is required for blood donation by 16 year olds; 16 year olds are NOT eligible to donate platelets.

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    • November 29, 2017 at 12:16 pm
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      I believe you can have gone out of the country within a certain time frame, you can’t recently of had a new tattoo done obviously not pregnant and I believe something else but not sure I know you can look it up online it gives u the criteria at Redcross.org or I believe even on the Roswell sight! Hope this helps

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  • November 29, 2017 at 5:46 am
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    You are eligible if you are at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health. You can donate platelets every 7 days or a total of 24 times per year. Platelet donors must not take aspirin or products containing aspirin within 48 hours of their donation. Aspirin consumption takes away the “stickiness” of platelets causing the platelets to lose their ability to adhere properly when needed to stop bleeding.

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  • November 29, 2017 at 9:06 pm
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    I donated platelets 6 yrs ago when my son was battling ALL- Tcell. I would like to help out & donate platelets however ; I am out of town right now. I won’t be able to make it to Roswell to donate until thurs 12/7/17.

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  • November 30, 2017 at 3:18 am
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    I would love to donate, is there any information I can receive telling me how to go about it? Do I contact Rowell it self?

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  • November 30, 2017 at 4:01 pm
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    I have O negative blood. I can’t give blood r/t thalassemia which causes me to have a hgb 9-10…can I give platelets without giving RBC…if so, does this mother still need platelets

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  • December 1, 2017 at 4:35 pm
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    Can you donate if you are pregnant?

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  • December 2, 2017 at 6:03 am
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    I am not able at this time to go to Roswell, So willing to give blood ,platelets to this mom. I live in Canandaigua . Any suggestions?

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  • December 2, 2017 at 2:57 pm
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    is there a benefit set up anytime soon? where would I get contact information to be able to make a donation for her & children?

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  • December 20, 2017 at 1:22 am
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    Can you only donate there or elsewhere?

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  • January 3, 2018 at 1:48 pm
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    I have donated platelets on the 30th of December with it directed to Elizabeth (if she is not in need they will go to another — hospital rules and that is ok)… You can donate every 2 weeks. They have a shelf life of 3 days. If you can let me know when she needs them, I would be happy to make donation times that fit her needs….. 🙂 The hospital cannot tell dates that are required and the info would need to come from the family… I plan to continue donating, so if someone would like to offer up dates, I would be willing to help…..

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