Regular readers and fans of RealAgriculture will likely recognize Kristin Phillips, Manitoba agronomist with the Canola Council of Canada, from her appearances in several Canola School episodes. Today, however, we’ve interviewed Kristin for a very different reason — her sweet baby girl, Bailey Paige, was born in late August with a virus that knocked out her body’s ability to create blood cells and platelets. Bailey has yet to leave the hospital and requires blood transfusions every three days to keep her growing and thriving (which she is, thank goodness!).
Kristen and her family are so thankful for the love and support they’ve received both at the farm near Brandon and in Winnipeg, where Kristin and Bailey will remain until Bailey kicks this virus. What they do ask, however, is that all of those who can give blood. This holiday season, the Phillips family has a goal of reaching 1,000 blood donations in Bailey’s name. I interviewed Kristin today so she could tell us about Bailey, her condition and what we can all do to help. I encourage everyone in the farming community to consider donating blood or supporting those who can. No matter what your blood type, there will be someone who needs your donation; but Bailey is type A+, so if that’s you, please make doubly sure you donate. Just yesterday they had to wait for a matched donor for Bailey.
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Click here for a link to Canadian Blood Services with information on how you can donate.
For more of Bailey’s story, watch the video below!