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Blood Drive Honors Special 4-year-old

Tennessee Valley

December 4, 2012
 

RED CROSS HOLDS BLOOD DRIVE IN HONOR OF LOCAL RESIDENT

ELIZABETH HATCHER

The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive in honor of Bumpus Mills resident Elizabeth Hatcher on Friday, December 7. The drive will be held at North Stewart Elementary School from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

 

When you see Elizabeth’s sweet smile, it’s hard to believe the medical battle this special 4-year-old is going through. In early October 2012, Elizabeth started feeling extreme pain and began vomiting. After multiple tests and trips to the emergency room, doctors discovered Elizabeth had a Wilms tumor attached to her kidney. Elizabeth was scheduled to have both the tumor and her kidney removed at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. When a team of specialists began the operation, they realized the tumor had already burst. They were still able to remove parts of the tumor and her kidney. To destroy cancer cells that may still be in her system, Elizabeth went through radiation and is currently undergoing chemotherapy.

 

Since October, Elizabeth has been in and out of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville. Elizabeth’s mother, Cindy Hatcher, says she never understood how crucial it is to donate blood, until the need hit home. “There are so many kids right now going through chemotherapy,” said Hatcher. “Elizabeth may need blood products tomorrow, next week or next month and it is critical that those blood products are on the shelf.”

 

The Hatcher family is moved by the fact the American Red Cross is holding a blood drive in honor of Elizabeth. They encourage all eligible donors to please roll up their sleeve and give something that means something on December 7. “God bless you all. Thank you for giving blood,” said Hatcher.

 

To make an appointment to join this special blood drive, please call 1-800 RED CROSS or visit: www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation

 

Walk-ins are also welcome.

 

All presenting donors will be entered to win a $1,000 American Express gift card.

 

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 Services Region services about 60 hospitals and must have 600 people donate blood or platelets each weekday to meet the needs of hospital patients. 

 

All blood types are needed to help maintain a sufficient blood supply, especially type O negative.  Type O negative blood, the universal blood type, is always in high demand because it can be transfused to patients with any blood type, especially in emergency situations.