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New Glarus Holiday Blood Drive
New Glarus, WI 53574
Seventeen years ago, day-old Molly Heller, and her mother, Karla, both received a blood transfusion after doctors performed an emergency caesarean section. On the same day at a neighboring hospital in Madison, Wis., Molly’s aunt, Kristy Nodorft, received a platelet transfusion while undergoing chemotherapy. This holiday season, Molly will roll up her sleeve to help others in need at the American Red Cross New Glarus Holiday Blood Drive on December 23.
“I received blood when I was younger and now that I’m eligible to donate, I want to give blood to help others,” said Molly, a junior at Belleville High School. “I just hope there’s someone out there like me that I’m able to help.”
At birth, Molly was diagnosed with respiratory distress syndrome accompanied by anemia. After spending several days in an intensive care unit, she and her mother were released from the hospital with a clean bill of health. Unfortunately, Molly’s aunt lost her battle with acute myelomonoeytic leukemia. In just six months, her aunt Kristy received 221 pints of red blood cells and plasma while undergoing chemotherapy.
Today, Karen Nodorft, Kristy’s mother and Molly’s grandmother, serves as a Red Cross volunteer helping coordinate blood drives in New Glarus, Wis., throughout the year.
“Our family learned the importance of blood donation after three of our family members needed blood,” said Karen. “We had more time with Kristy because there was a blood supply available. This holiday, we encourage friends, family and neighbors to join Molly in donating blood and give someone else the opportunity to spend more time with their loved ones.”