Donating Platelets for Alyssa

Alyssa will be starting her high dose chemo soon and will need platelet replacement for all the platelets she will receive. I investigated this for donations from all her friends and it must be done through Northside Hospital/ Atlanta Blood Services. (You can donate at the Red Cross but it will not be directed to her care)

You can donate at the Tower at Northside at
5670 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd Suite 1075
Atlanta, GA 30342
Hours :Monday 7:30AM – 3:30PM
Tuesday 7:30 AM – 5:15 PM
Wednesday 7:30 AM – 5:15 PM
Thursday 7:30 AM – 5:15 PM
Friday 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Saturday 7:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Call Angela Howell at 404.459.8744 x 1150
or Nekori Skinner at 404.459.8744 x 1185

with questions or to schedule an appointment.

Platelets are not type specific and you can donate for Alyssa no matter what your blood type. You can donate up to 24 times per year. Although she may not receive your actual platelets, you will replace those used for her from another donor.

Donor Guidelines are:
17 – 69 years old
110 pounds or more
No aspirin 48 hours prior to donation ( check as some medicines contain aspirin)
no antibiotics 24 hours prior to donating

Fight Cancer…While Watching a Movie. Alyssa Phillips is receiving a bone marrow transplant and could use your help as a volunteer platelet or blood donor. Platelet donation is a safe and easy process similar to giving blood. During the two-hour process, you sit in a reclining chair and can watch a movie. Your donation will be of great help to patients like Alyssa in successful recovery (404) 459-8744. It’s also very important to be healthy enough to donate and the Atlanta Blood Services has attached the following diet advice: Adequate blood iron levels can be maintained by eating the following foods: Grandma Molasses, SSS Tonic, spinach, broccoli, sweet potatoes, beans (lima beans, soybean sprouts, kidney beans, garbanzo beans), bran cereal, whole wheat bread, white rice, cocoa, brown sugar, raisins, dried apricots, peaches, nuts (black walnuts, almonds and cashews), oysters, clams, scallops and shrimp, wheat germ and wheat, rice or corn flakes, brewer’s yeast, prune juice, apple juice, red meats, liver, chicken. Also be aware that Vitamin C enhances iron absorption. The tannic acid in tea can act as an iron blocker. Carbonated sodas can also act as iron blockers. Other iron blockers include oxalates and phosphates.

Please find time to help Alyssa in her journey to life . Her courage and gratitude deserves our best.

Sincerely,
Sue Griffin

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