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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Blood for Ben -- How Your Blood Donation Makes a Difference

Owen Sound/Port Elgin | by Travis Jackson  

Without your donations, Ben Luscombe of Southampton could not receive the treatment he needs.

Blood donor clinics are happening this week in Owen Sound and Port Elgin, and as always Canadian Blood Services need your help to save lives.

One life in particular that was positively impacted thanks to generous blood and plasma donations was a kid from Southampton named Ben Luscombe. 

When he was 3-years-old, Ben started experiencing the symptoms of Paediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcus (PANDAS). 

PANDAS is not as cute as it sounds, in fact, it's an infection-induced autoimmune condition that messes with your brain.

For Ben, PANDAS caused him to develop Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), various motor and vocal tics, anxiety, severe separation anxiety, irritability, aggression, urinary problems, hyperactivity, auditory hallucinations, brain fog, confusion, blank staring, sleep disturbances, and mood swings.

It took 3 years, but Ben was correctly diagnosed with PANDAS and was treated with a combination of antibiotics, steroids, and Intravenous Immunoglobin Therapy (IVIG), which is a derivative of plasma blood product.

Thanks to the therapy, Ben's mom Terra Luscombe hopes he will be back to his normal self.

Without your donations, Ben could not receive the treatment he needs.

Consider donating this Wednesday (Oct. 3rd) at the Legion in Owen Sound from 2pm-7pm, or in Port Elgin at the Plex on Thursday (Oct. 4th) from 1pm-7pm.

For info on a blood donor clinic near you, visit: https://blood.ca/en

To learn more about Ben's story, and to help the Luscombe family in their journey towards a cure, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/ben-luscombes-pandas-treatment

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