In 2015, Casey Cattell not only became a first-time mother, but she also became one of the many faces of the Maternal Health Crisis in the United States. It would be an understatement to say she had a challenging pregnancy and postpartum, dodging death not once, but twice. Blood transfusions were one of the crucial elements to saving her life- she received at least 15 units which is more than her entire blood volume- and she is now holding blood drives to support Maternal Health Awareness to pay the gift of life forward.
Learning that a fellow near-miss survivor in Washington DC held diaper drives in addition to collecting blood, Casey searched online for a diaper bank in Central NJ and found us. She made us a part of the Woodside Chapel Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) January 23rd blood drive for Maternal Health Awareness Day, and the response was great! She collected hundreds of diapers as well as wipes, a bassinet, and financial donations: $525 to help us help mothers and babies.
Casey will be doing more blood drives in the future, and wants to partner with us for all of them. Follow her efforts on Facebook at Heroes For Moms- New Jersey. (Link: https://m.facebook.
Thank you to Casey, the MOPS moms and their friends in and around Woodside Chapel in Fanwood, NJ. We look forward to partnering with you again for the Mother's Day Blood Drive!