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Red Cross Honors 8-Year-Old Rebecca Gardner

Tennessee Valley

March 11, 2014





(Nashville, Tenn., March 11, 2014) The American Red Cross is proud to hold a blood drive in honor of 8-year-old Rebecca Gardner. The special event will be held on April 3, 2014 at Allendale Elementary School in the cafeteria from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.   


Rebecca was always a happy and healthy little girl. But, in early July 2013, she began feeling back pain during her swim team practice at Williamson County Recreational Center. After a series of Dr.’s visits and tests, Rebecca was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer called alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma.


 “You never ever think that it will happen to you, until it does,” said Rebecca’s mother, Jackie Gardner. “I never thought about blood donations until Rebecca needed them. We want this blood drive in her honor to raise awareness about the importance of giving.”


During her treatment, Rebecca has needed around 15 blood transfusions and 5 units of platelets. Rebecca and her family are excited about the blood drive being held in her honor because of their new perspective on the importance of rolling up a sleeve.


“It never crosses your mind that someone who has cancer needs so many blood products to survive,” said Jackie Gardner. “I thank God that Rebecca has always been able to get the blood donations she needed. We appreciate every donor who gives and all the donors who will take part in the blood drive in Rebecca’s honor.”


One donation can help save up to three lives.  


As a special incentive, all presenting donors will receive a Red Cross giveaway item.




To schedule an appointment for this blood drive or any other American Red Cross blood drive, visit and enter sponsor code: ADES19

or call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767).


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 57 hospitals and must have approximately 600 people donate blood or platelets each weekday to meet the needs of hospital patients. 



How to Donate Blood:

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit for more information or to make an appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors 18 and younger. 


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at