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Blood Drive in Memory of Sumner Co. Teenager

Tennessee Valley

November 20, 2012
 

Sixth Annual Jason Archer Memorial Blood Drive

Rare Childhood Cancer Took Archer’s Life

Jason Archer enjoyed playing video and computer games, reading and hanging out with friends. He was a 2004 honors graduate of Heritage Christian Academy of Mount Juliet with plans to attend Volunteer State Community College.

 

But a rare childhood cancer called alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma took his life one week before his first college course.  Jason Archer was 19 years old.

 

Alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma (ARMS) typically affects older children or teenagers and occurs more often in large muscles of the trunk, arms, and legs.[1]

 

“He bravely endured the torture of cancer treatment, including chemotherapy for 18 months, radiation and surgery. As with most children going through cancer treatment, Jason required several blood transfusions.  We will always be grateful for those who gave blood for him,” said Pam and David Archer, Jason’s parents.

 

Cancer patients, like Jason Archer, who undergo chemotherapy can require up to 100 units of red blood cells and 50 units of platelets throughout the treatment course.

 

“We really appreciate the community and our church support throughout the years,” said Pam Archer. “This blood drive is a great way to remember Jason. He was such a giving person. He would have been pleased knowing so many people would have been helped in his memory.”

 

You can donate blood memory of Jason Archer on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 8 a.m. to 1p.m. at First Baptist Church Hendersonville located at 106 Bluegrass Commons Blvd. in Hendersonville.  To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit: www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation

 

“Several of those who have given blood each year have been Jason's friends and many became first time donors at these blood drives.  We especially want to thank each person who has participated in the blood drives in the past and those who will come this year,” said the Archers.

 

[1] www.cancer.org