• Reed Dykes, Marsh Regional blood recipient

  • Reed Dykes
  • Reed Dykes never realized how important blood and platelet donations are – until he was diagnosed with leukemia. Now, as he fights the disease, he relies on regular blood transfusions from Marsh Regional Blood Center for the strength to keep fighting.

  • Reed Dykes
  • Reed tells his Wellmont story

    I was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome - a type of leukemia - on May 20, 2013.

    My treatments began immediately, and when they did, my complete blood count dropped. I needed a platelet infusion before a bone marrow biopsy could even be performed to confirm my diagnosis.

    I became a regular at Wellmont Cancer Institute infusion room, getting blood and platelets before I went to Vanderbilt for a stem cell transplant.

    Even though I had a great experience at Vanderbilt, there is a risk with my compromised immune system. My new stem cells have been slow to engraft, and I have required a pint of blood every week since February.

    I now go to the Wellmont Cancer Institute's office in Kingsport, where the chemotherapy nurses and staff are very aware of cancer patients' lack of immunity.

    Without blood and platelet donations, I would not be here today.

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