Donate Blood in Honour of Mitchell Richard
Tuesday March 21st from 2:00pm-4:00pm & 5:30pm-8:30pm, come donate blood in honour of our friend Mitchell Richard, who is battling peripheral nerve sheath sarcoma and has received 17 blood transfusions. Book your appointment to donate at www.blood.ca or call 1-888-2-DONATE!
You can also donate towards Mitchell’s medical fund athttps://www.gofundme.com/
Thank you very much, and we hope to see you on March 21st with your sleeves rolled up! #itsinyoutogive
Mitchell Richard is a 21-year-old from Oxford, Nova Scotia, who was a student at Mount Allison University from 2013-2015. He lived in Edwards and Bigelow houses, playing for the men’s rugby team in addition to nearly every intramural sport. Mitch is a kind and considerate friend to all, always making jokes, and deeply loving those around him.
In Spring 2016, Mitchell was diagnosed with what was thought to be a benign tumour growing towards his spine. His symptoms worsened, and in November he was diagnosed with a rare peripheral nerve sheath sarcoma. He underwent a 16-hour surgery to remove the tumour, which involved the removal of 3 vertebrae, several ribs, part of the chest wall, severing nerves, and reconstructing his spine. Two subsequent surgeries were required for internal bleeding. In December, he began rehabilitation to improve strength and mobility. On December 31st, he and his parents flew to Toronto for oncological consultation, where it was decided that he will begin radiation.
As part of treatment, Mitchell received 17 blood transfusions. We are asking the Mount Allison and Sackville communities to come together to donate blood in Mitchell’s honour on March 21st at the Tantramar Civic Centre. Financial donations can also be made to Mitchell’s medical fund athttps://www.gofundme.com/
Mitchell’s spirits have not wavered for a second through this ordeal, and his strength has been an inspiration to his loved ones. We look forward to the day that his cancer will be a memory, and that Mitch can get back to spending time outdoors and playing sports. Thank you in advance for your support!