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Parents Make Son's Mystery Illness A Chance To Give Back

6:25 PM, Nov 20, 2012   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- It would be easy for Beau and Craig McIntosh to think only of themselves.

Their third child -- their bouncing baby boy, Finn -- has a condition that is stumping his doctors. No one can figure out why their eight-month-old's body is destroying his red blood cells and putting his health at risk.

"It's definitely an awakening moment and you feel so helpless," Beau McIntosh said. "All you want to do is be a good parent and be able to help. And there's nothing you can do."

There's nothing any of us can to do solve Finn's mystery. Doctors are hopeful it's something he'll grow out of, or something they can more aggressively treat when he gets older.

Otherwise, Finn is just a normal, healthy eight-month-old boy -- and his mom and dad are incredibly grateful for that. They realize most of the other parents of patients they meet at UNC Hospitals would trade places with them in a heartbeat.

Still, Finn's illness is a mystery, and his parents struggled with figuring out how to raise awareness when they didn't know what cause to support.

Because Finn's gone through 10 blood transfusions and has another scheduled for this week, his family is holding a blood drive at the American Red Cross on Yanceyville Street in Greensboro. The blood isn't for Finn, it's for anyone in need.

"It's something that people forget about," Beau said of blood donation. "It's easy to do and the need is always there."

The Nussbaum Blood Center at the Red Cross office is open Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. It's closed Thursday for Thanksgiving.

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