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Halle’s Hope

By August 30, 2012 2 Comments

This past Sunday at North Pointe we prayed for five-year-old Halle Popowich of St Albert, who was diagnosed with a rare form of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Without a bone marrow transplant, doctors have pegged her chances of survival at between five and 20 per cent.
I was touched by the people who came up to me asking how they could find out if they were a match for Halle.
Dad Kurt and mom Deana are appealing for people to get tested, even if they don’t wind up being a match for Halle. “It’s not just about Halle,” Deana said. “We feel happy that we can use her story to help so many other people. We’ve met so many other parents and families at the Stollery [Children’s Hospital], and everyone has a story.”
Even regular blood donations are a big help, Deana added, as Halle has already undergone about eight blood transfusions and at least 10 platelet transfusions since being diagnosed.
On Thursday the St Albert Leader had an article about Halle and info about bone marrow testing. Testing your bone marrow type is a fairly simple procedure and donation procedures are not as painful and complicated than one may think.

Potential donors can go online to www.blood.ca and follow the link to register for the OneMatch stem cell and marrow network. You’ll fill out a questionnaire, after which you’ll be sent cheek swabs to send back to Canadian Blood Services. Your DNA is then entered into a national database, and if you’re a match, they’ll contact you and arrange for further testing.

Bob Jones

Author Bob Jones

Pastor at North Pointe Community Church for 25 years. Happily married to Jocelyn for 36 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three gorgeous daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love being a pastor and inspiring faith in Jesus through communicating, blogging, counseling and coaching. I enjoy running, reading, writing and ball hockey. Fan of the Esks and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

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  • Penny says:

    After some awareness on FB, 3 friends have been in touch with Canadian Blood Services, I wish I could say there have been more.. But, those three are continuing to post Halle’s need. Social networking works.. Lets Keep talking about it, keep posting and sharing, because good intentions get lost in the shuffle..

  • Kathryn says:

    Just check

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