Be A Living Donor, A Cure

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 22:30
Izzie Mirzaei of Cumberland RI needs blood and a marrow match

1. Ballet dancing
2. Playing with her dog Molly
3. Being a great big sister to little Arya

These are three things eight year old Isabelle "Izzie" Mirzaei loves the most, and in order to keep doing them, she's entirely dependent on blood donors. 

Izzie needs blood transfusions every 3 to 4 weeks. She's needed them since she was 9 months old and also needs a bone marrow transplant. That transplant could cure Izzie of the Cooley's Anemia that doesn't allow her body to produce red blood cells, which are needed to carry oxygen throughout the body.

A lifetime of regular blood transfusions can lead to serious medical problems. When Izzie's little sister Arya was born, Sam and Daisy, their parents, were hoping she would be a match for Izzie, but she is not. Sam, a pharmacist, and Daisy, a registered nurse who saves lives in the cardiac unit at Rhode Island Hospital, never lose hope that Izzie's match will be found. They've been instrumental in raising awareness about the need for blood and marrow donors, especially more people of diverse ethnic backgrounds to join the marrow registry.

Daisy says, “Everyone deserve a chance at a normal, happy future. We rely on the kindness of strangers to make that happen." When Daisy saves someone's life in the cardiac unit at Rhode Island Hospital where she works, they often ask her, "How can I ever thank you.?" She tells them, “When you're fully recovered, donate blood, or, encourage others to donate blood for my Izzie and others who need it." That's how you can be a hero to a hero.