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SuitUpForJack is a cosplayer driven blood donor awareness campaign inspired by Jack Malott-Clarke, a 12 year old who has so far required 132 units of blood and platelets to battle Severe Aplastic Anaemia. This condition affects his body's ability to make blood so blood donation has literally been a life saver for him. The campaign started in London, Ontario but is growing across North America with Cosplayers from other cities and states donating blood while in costume and holding a sign with the hashtag #suitupforjack on it. When these photos are shared on social media more people learn about the campaign as well as the need for blood in their area. The goal is to promote blood donation so wear any cosplay or superhero costume, T-shirt, hat or anything related to cosplay and donate.
It's not an event but rather an ongoing campaign. You can Suit Up for Jack anytime and at any blood donor clinic near you.
The art or practice of wearing costumes to portray characters from comics, films, animation, and science fiction. Comic conventions have boomed in popularity recently and “cosplay” – dressing up as a favourite character – is becoming more than just a hobby to many people. You only have to look at some of the costumes to realise the effort that people put into them. Cosplay has grown tremedously with many thousands attending events like Comicon and FanExpo. It’s an art, a hobby and a creative pursuit. For an increasing number of people, it’s a way of life. Many Cosplayers make appearances in costume at charitable, private and corporate events.
YES. SuitUpForJack is recognized by Canadian Blood Services as a partner in blood donor awareness. They support the campaign and often share our cosplayer posts on social media. Several USA donor clinics have held cosplay events. The campaign is new so not all clinics are aware of it but they all support blood donation in costume.
Severe Aplastic Anaemia is a disease in which the body fails to produce blood cells in sufficient numbers. It is more frequent in children, people in their teens and twenties. This serious condition affects the body’s ability to make healthy blood which means the bone marrow is empty of healthy red blood cells.
Meet Jack, a 12 year old from London Ontario who loves superheroes. All his life, Jack enjoyed dressing in costume (cosplay) and attending comic con events. In 2019 that stopped when Jack was diagnosed with Severe Aplastic Anaemia. A year later he was also diagnosed with Paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria. So far Jack has received 132 units of blood and platelets. He has become an advocate for blood donation. The #suitupforjack campaign was created to encourage blood donation to help others. Thats what superheroes do!
The campaign is named after Jack but donated blood benefits everyone who needs it. Donated blood goes to children and adults who have lost blood due to an injury or who have an illness such as cancer, anemia, sickle cell disease, or hemophilia.