(CHATHAM, ON) – This past November, Andrew was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, which is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. Andrew was rushed by ambulance to London and immediately began chemotherapy. He has been in and out of hospital since, receiving blood transfusions and other medical treatments.
Andrew is now on the One Match registry, awaiting a stem cell donor and transplant. His search has gone international and hopes are that a match will be found in time to save his life.
Andrew has been a member of the Chatham-Kent Police Service since 2000. He is currently assigned to the Traffic Unit where he is one of only four collision reconstructionists.
On February 24, emergency services personnel, along with community members, rolled up their sleeves in honour of Andrew.
Canadian Blood Services’ territory manager, Marisa Gatfield, reported that approximately 150 people attended the special clinic Saturday morning to donate blood. Unfortunately, the clinic was not able to accommodate everyone, so many people rescheduled to their March 14th clinic date at the Spirit and Life Centre in Chatham.
In total, 104 units of blood were collected when, typically, the clinic averages 58 units, thus achieving 179.31% of the target goal. Thirty-seven new donors also gave at the clinic.
“Arms Out for Andrew was a beautiful outpouring of love and support,” said Gatfield.
The Chatham-Kent Police Service is thanking everyone who attended the clinic and are asking that you continue to keep Andrew and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
If you missed the donation clinic, but would like to make an appointment to donate blood, call Canadian Blood Services at 1-888-2-DONATE or go online. Register your donation under the Partner for Life number CHAT011624
If you are under 35 years, also consider signing up for One Match, which is the Stem Cell Donor registry. For more information check the website.