Local blood drive planned in honour of former Mount A student battling cancer

Published on March 20, 2017

A blood drive is being held in Sackville tuesday, March 21, in honour of former Mount Allison student Mitchell Richard.

SACKVILLE, N.B. – Mitchell Richard is a 21-year-old from Oxford, N.S., who was a student at Mount Allison University from 2013-2015. He lived in Edwards and Bigelow houses, playing for the men’s rugby team in addition to nearly every intramural sport.

Mitch is a kind and considerate friend to all, always making jokes, and deeply loving those around him.

In Spring 2016, Mitchell was diagnosed with what was thought to be a benign tumour growing towards his spine. His symptoms worsened, and in November he was diagnosed with a rare peripheral nerve sheath sarcoma. He underwent a 16-hour surgery to remove the tumour, which involved the removal of three vertebrae, several ribs, part of the chest wall, severing nerves, and reconstructing his spine. Two subsequent surgeries were required for internal bleeding. In December, he began rehabilitation to improve strength and mobility. On Dec. 31, he and his parents flew to Toronto for oncological consultation, where it was decided that he will begin radiation.

As part of treatment, Mitchell received 17 blood transfusions. We are asking the Mount Allison and Sackville communities to come together to donate blood in Mitchell’s honour on Tuesday, March 21, at the Tantramar Civic Centre. Join the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/594968854031889/.

Financial donations can also be made to Mitchell’s medical fund at https://www.gofundme.com/24-mitchells-medical-fund.

Mitchell’s spirits have not wavered for a second through this ordeal, and his strength has been an inspiration to his loved ones. We look forward to the day that his cancer will be a memory, and that Mitch can get back to spending time outdoors and playing sports. Thank you in advance for your support!