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Bowling Green Holiday Heroes!

Tennessee Valley

December 4, 2012



The American Red Cross is proud to be holding our Bowling Green Holiday Heroes blood drive in honor of local mother and son Asher and Danissa Lewis on December 18. The drive will be held at Greenwood High School in Bowling Green from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00p.m.


Danissa Lewis was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January 2012 and just one month later, the youngest of her four children, Asher, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Asher stayed at Monroe Carrel Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville for about seven months. During that time, the one-and-a-half year old needed dozens of units of blood and platelets. He endured chemotherapy, radiation and other cancer fighting treatments until he was finally in remission. Now, he is a healthy 2-year-old.


Danissa remains in the midst of her battle with cancer. Throughout her treatments, the brave mother has also relied on blood products to maintain her quality of life. “When I was in the hospital and I got blood I went from being white as a sheet to feeling healthy again,” said Lewis.


Danissa is also a nurse and was a regular blood donor in the past. She fully understands how important it is to donate blood. “On a scale of one to ten- it’s a ten,” said Lewis. “It’s not something you can make; blood or platelets have to come from somebody.”


Danissa encourages all eligible blood donors in the area to please come to the Bowling Green Donorama on December 18 and roll up your sleeves.


“Someone was unselfish enough to donate blood for me,” said Lewis. “You may feel a little stick but despite that slight inconvenience, you really safe someone life. It’s like when you give CPR – it’s the same direct impact.”


The holidays are a historically tough time for the American Red Cross to collect blood and platelet donations. People are focused on holiday preparations, children are out of school, and families get out of their daily routine and forget to make an appointment to donate blood. Please, make the time this holiday to give something that means something.


To schedule an appointment for this blood drive, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit and enter the sponsor code: BowlingGreen


All presenting donors will receive a Red Cross t-shirt and will be automatically entered to win a $1,000 Gift Card as part of the American Red Cross Give Something That Means Something campaign.


In addition, donors are welcome to bring some holiday gifts to the blood drive. Volunteers will be on-site wrapping gifts while members of the community are giving blood.


Most healthy individuals who are at least 17 years of age (16 with parental consent) and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds are eligible to donate blood.  Individuals 18 years of age or younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.


The Tennessee Valley Blood Region serves about 60 hospitals and must have 600 people donate blood or platelets each weekday to meet the needs of hospital patients.