ACH to Hold Danielle Edwards Blood Drive
The road to recovery continues for 7-year old Danielle Edwards of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Louisville. She is the daughter of Kurt and Tracy Edwards. In September of 2007, Danielle was diagnosed with Pre-B Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Since then she has undergone a strict regiment of treatment which has included countless units of blood and plasma.
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As Danielle continues her maintenance chemotherapy program, the need for these products continues â€“ and not only for Danielle, but for countless other children who are also battling many types of cancer. We are their only hope of survival! Only 5% of our population donates regularly.
According to Tracy, there is nothing more heart wrenching than watching your child suffer as a search for the right type of blood or plasma takes place. â€œI wish that no other mother has to endure the agony of that wait, and that can only happen if individuals make the commitment to donate blood on a regular basis.â€
Thursday, the American Red Cross and AllianceCommunityHospital are hosting a blood drive in honor of Danielle, and others like her. The hours for the drive are 12 noon until 6 p.m. in conference room 1-A of the hospital.
Appointments are suggested for donors in order to decrease the wait time. These can be scheduled by contacting the volunteer department at ACH, 330-596-7822, or donors can establish their own profile at www.givelife.org.
Donors must be no less than 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and be able to provide a photo ID or have their donor card with them.
Several drawings will be held, and all donors during August will be entered in a drawing sponsored by the American Red Cross for a $1,000 grocery card.
Questions regarding this drive can be addressed to the Volunteer Department of the hospital.