There Better be Blood

It’s your opportunity for a mitzvah, dear readers! My pal Elayne has asked me to put out word for any of you who are in the NYC/NJ area to help out her friend who’s battling lymphoma. He needs blood and/or platelets, so I hope you’ll help out, if you’re able. If you’re not able, but you know someone in the NYC/NJ area who is, please pass this along. All details are in Elayne’s request below, with a followup note from her friend’s wife.

Note: this request does not apply to my readers who are

  1. cancer survivors,
  2. gay users of intravenous drugs, or
  3. British.

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My close friend Nathanael is at Sloan-Kettering in NYC undergoing a very trying battle with lymphoma. Is there any way you and Amy could link the following into your blogs? Any donor type is acceptable, and the platelets are directly sent to Nate, with any leftovers going to other needy patients. Thanks in advance. A note from Nate’s wife follows. Nate is 38 years old, with a four-year-old daughter, Ava.




NATHANAEL SANDSTROM Needs Blood & Platelets

Nathanael is currently a patient at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. His treatment for lymphoma requires regular blood and platelet transfusions.

Nathanael, his wife Laura and family would deeply appreciate your donation of blood and/or platelets and hopes you will ask others you know to donate. Donations not used by Nathanael will be released for use by other patients many of whom are children.

Designated donations for Nathanael must be made in the Blood Donor Room of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Please visit for complete information about donor eligibility and the donation process for blood or platelets.

For answers to questions and to schedule an appointment that is convenient for you please CALL:

Mary Thomas @ 212-639-3335

Coordinator, Blood Donor Program

or call the Blood Donor Room at 212-639-7648

Appointments are necessary

The Blood Donor Room Is Open Every Day

Fri Sat Sun Mon: 8:30am – 3:00pm

Tues Wed Thu: 8:30am – 7:00pm

1250 First Avenue (between 67th/68th Streets) NYC – Schwartz Building lobby

FREE parking is available for donors at our garage 433 East 66th Street corner of York Avenue.

The process for donating whole blood takes approximately 1 hour.

The process for donating platelets takes about 2.5 hours.

All blood types are acceptable


Update from Laura:

Thank you in advance to all who are able to do this. Nathanael’s condition, still undiagnosed, is unchanged at best, with his mental state steadily worsening (from depression, drugs, side effects, and the perpetual unknown). Doctors continue to focus on the bone marrow and potential diseases within as explanations for non-generation of cells, and also on the spleen as a potential destroyer of blood cells, though depending on who’s talking, that spleen theory is debatable. In any case, this is why he receives daily transfusions, which is why they are doing the blood drive.

No one is yet able to explain why any of this secondary problem is happening; it may be caused by the chemotherapy that destroyed the tumors, or by an as-yet unproven spread of the lymphoma, or by an independent factor. One thing that everyone agrees on is that nearly everything about it is “extremely rare.”

We are so sad and scared, and appreciate your help so much.


8 Replies to “There Better be Blood”

  1. Jessica sent me this message at just the right time. I’m heading down from Burlington, VT to NYC this weekend to unicycle in the 5-Boroughs tour. I’ll try to donate on Monday morning.

  2. If you see this B Kelley, Nate was thrilled by your donation and visit. It really gave him much needed positivity. Thank You so much everyone at VM!

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