Blood drive held in honor of Rebecca Gardner
Special blood drive held in honor of Rebecca Gardner
Williamson County residents encouraged to give blood
The American Red Cross is proud to hold a blood drive in honor of Rebecca Gardner, a 9-year-old from Spring Hill who is battling a rare form of cancer. The special event will be held on April 2 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Allendale Elementary School.
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 doctor 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 more than 20 blood transfusions and several units of platelets. Rebecca and her family are excited about the blood drive 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 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.”
Donate Blood in Honor of Rebecca Gardner
Thursday, April 2
3 – 8 p.m.
Allendale Elementary School cafeteria
2100 Prescott Way, Spring Hill
To make an appointment to donate, visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: ADES19
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.