When you donate to the Héma-Québec Foundation, you’re helping kids like Charlie and their families.

Charlie’s story

Late December is a time usually full of joy and cheer. But December 2014 was different for Charlie’s family.

Annie had noticed that her five-year-old daughter Charlie was feverish and had bruising on her body. She wasn’t doing well. When she suddenly began having seizures and the tips of her tiny fingers darkened, she was rushed to the emergency room.

At the ER, they heard one of the last things a parent wants to hear: leukemia.

That was the suspected diagnosis for Charlie. Her hemoglobin, red blood cell, platelet and blood oxygen levels were dangerously low. And that wasn’t even the worst of it: her immune system was so seriously impaired that the doctors had little hope.

Annie sat by Charlie’s bedside in the hospital feeling utterly powerless. Every minute felt like an eternity. Every one of Charlie’s smiles, a reminder of life’s fragility. But the doctors still couldn’t say whether or not she had leukemia. Charlie’s family spent those never-ending days cycling through fear, anxiety and uncertainty.

While Charlie was in the hospital in 2014, she needed multiple blood transfusions.

«How does donating to the Héma-Québec Foundation change the lives of kids like Charlie?»

“ The Héma-Québec Foundation plays a crucial role in recruiting blood donors. Over 700 people work tirelessly on donor recruitment so that Héma-Québec’s blood banks are always ready for emergencies like Charlie’s—immediate access to transfusions can save lives. ”

Annie, Charlie’s mom

Between hope and despair

One week and multiple transfusions later, Charlie was strong enough to undergo a lumbar puncture, which detected no signs of leukemia. Charlie could finally go home to her parents and little sister, who all thought that this nightmare was behind them.

At the one-month follow-up appointment, the verdict was in: Charlie had leukemia. Luckily, the transfusions had given Charlie the time she needed to regain her strength before starting treatment.

Giving back to future generations

Today, Charlie is cancer-free. She gets to live a normal life and grow up happy and healthy.

Charlie organizes blood drives at her school, and her volunteer work helps Héma-Québec build up its reserves. Charlie’s mother is so grateful to see her daughter living her life to the fullest—which is why she herself has donated blood 31 times, and has no plans of stopping anytime soon.

Thank you for your generosity!

Your financial contribution to the Héma-Québec Foundation will help build a stronger lifeline in support of Héma-Québec’s noble mission: to give the gift of life to future generations of recipients and their families.

Every little bit makes a big difference!


On behalf of Charlie and her family, consider donating, and give other kids like Charlie a second chance.

Charlie and her family appreciate your continued generosity. Your support for the Foundation lets other kids like Charlie live out their dreams

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