Elaine O’Keeffe

Cord Blood Donor

Elaine O’Keeffe first set out to support Canada’s Lifeline by donating blood, at the suggestion of a good friend who’d received blood during treatment for cancer. Unfortunately, she was ineligible, but she quickly found other ways to support our mission to help patients: through financial giving and volunteering, as well as by registering to donate umbilical cord blood.

When Elaine delivered her son Charlie in June 2019, his cord blood was collected for Canadian Blood Services’ Cord Blood Bank, which provides cord blood stem cells for patients in need of a transplant.

“Being a part of Canada’s Lifeline means so much to me. It gives people hope. It means everything.”