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Josh thanks donors in the Defence Blood Challenge for their vital help

Wednesday 4 November 2020 in Patient stories

Many people don’t realise that children with cancer can receive large amounts of blood products from donors as an essential part of their treatment.

Josh, 11, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in February 2018, at the Cancer Centre for Children, and subsequently received 109 blood transfusions and 285 platelet transfusions. To let donors know how important their potentially life-saving contributions are, he visited Red Cross Lifeblood donor centres to say thanks.

At a donor centre at Richmond Air Force Base, which is part of the Defence Blood Challenge, Josh and his father Wing Commander Peter Miller were interviewed about the integral role of blood products in his treatment.

Read the story Young cancer survivor gives back to blood challenge on the Department of Defence website.

Find out how blood donors help children with cancer on our Blood donation: How you can help page.

Thinking of donating blood? You can join the Cancer Centre for Children at The Children's Hospital at Westmead Supporters' group who are also in the Lifeblood challenge.

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