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BRADY MISHIO #GET SWABBED
March 24, 2017
In November 2016, Constable Terry Mishio’s, a 20 year member with Edmonton Police Service, world changed forever.
His 8-year-old son Brady had been experiencing flu and fever like symptoms that wouldn’t go away. Terry attended the Stollery Hospital with Brady and it was discovered Brady had Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) – a form of cancer that starts in the blood stem cells.
Brady was immediately admitted and he began chemotherapy. Four days into the treatment Brady suffered a seizure and stopped breathing due to the reaction to the drugs. Doctors eventually found a drug combination that worked for Brady and he is currently in his fourth round of chemotherapy. He now requires a bone marrow transplant. All of Terry’s immediate family was tested to see if they were a match, however the results came back negative. To date there has been no match.
On March 2, 2017, Terry appeared on local media sharing Brady’s story and to encourage people to get tested to find a match for Brady. A clinic was held on March 02, 2017 which saw about 100 people and another clinic on March 9, due to the media push done by EPS Recruit Selection Unit and Terry’s nieces, we had over 1100 people come swab, unfortunately Canada Blood Service (CBS) ran out of the kits thus we had to shut down the clinic 2 hours before we were expected to. We had to turn away 100’s of people who showed up to swab that day. Though, it was disappointing, we decided to hold another clinic on March 16 which had approximately 200 people swab.
On March 14, 2017 , in support of Terry, Calgary Police Service also held a swab clinic with CBS at their main Headquarters building and they had approximately 200 people swab. Another clinic is being planned for EPS.
Donors must be between the ages of 17 to 35 and be in relatively good health. The clinic and procedure is as simple as getting a mouth swab. If you are unable to attend on March 9th, you can attend the Canadian Blood Services clinic next to University Hospital, or register at blood.ca to be mailed a swab kit. If you don’t meet the criteria, please send this article to anyone in your circle and let’s get the word out there.
I know if anyone of us was in Terry’s shoes we would be doing everything in our power for our child, so let’s help this sweet, happy-go-lucky 8 year old live a normal kid life.
Help find Brady Mishio a match and if you’re not a match for him, maybe you’re a match for another person’s family who is also eagerly waiting for a match for their loved one.