Today I Want to Bring Awareness of a Local Issue That Has Been Brought To My Attention
Cory Clabon is a kid that has had a challenging life. Born with sickle cell disease, he has overcome many obstacles and still faces many as of today. When he was three, Cory was diagnosed with the rare nephrotic syndrome that leads to kidney failure. Cory now has a battle that he wages with a failing kidney as his mom takes to social media to promote awareness about his ailment. She was able to find a donor; however this donor fell through and he will be placed on dialysis very soon. My English teacher discovered this story as it was featured on the local news, and it fits in with our current novel Unwind.
Now around 75 freshmen students at Ocean Lakes Math and Science Academy are seeking ways to promote this cause. Not only do we wish to bring awareness about this topic for future cases that are similar to this one, we also aspire to find a kidney donor for Cory. Therefore, I will give specifications on donors that we are looking for, and then I will give more information to help inform you about medical cases such as these.
Lives in the 757 area
Has type O blood, positive or negative
Willing to donate a kidney
Fills out the following form to help Cory and those like him: https://sentara.donorscreen.org/register/donate-kidney
Information about his health conditions to be used now, and in future cases:
Sickle Cell Disease:
This is a condition that one is born with that causes some red blood cells to be in the formation of a sickle which reduces the amount of oxygen that can flow through the body
Unfortunately, this is a genetic condition that we currently do not know how to cure sickle cell disease
Cory was diagnosed with a rare kidney disorder, nephrotic syndrome
Find out more about his condition here: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/nephrotic-syndrome/symptoms-causes/syc-20375608?page=0&citems=10
Treatment can be given to help support a failing kidney, then one must resort to methods such as transplant and or dialysis such as mentioned below
Medically defined as the process of removing waste products and excess fluids from the body, dialysis is used when one’s kidneys cannot filter out waste products and the like.
After the first donor fell through, Cory was placed on dialysis
Link to the original post: https://wtkr.com/2019/03/14/virginia-beach-mother-takes-to-facebook-to-find-kidney-for-son/
Type O Blood:
There are four types of blood:
A – A blood type identified by making B antibiotics that fight B blood types (only accepts A and O blood types)
B – A blood type identified by making A antibiotics that fight A blood types (only accepts B and O blood types)
AB – The universal receiver as it does not fight any blood types
OO – the universal donor as all blood types can take OO (only accepts OO blood types)
Cory must had a donor with OO blood as he has OO blood
Link to other student’s projects: http://kidneyforcory.glitch.me
Link to more information the topics above:
Sickle Cell Disease: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sickle-cell-anemia/symptoms-causes/syc-20355876
Blood types: https://kidshealth.org/en/teens/blood-types.html
Thank you for taking your time to read all of this and I hope that you will spread awareness so that Cory and people like him will receive the necessary medical treatment!