Red Cross blood drive to honor 5-year-old
MUSCODA, Wis. - The American Red Cross invites eligible donors in the Muscoda area to give blood in honor of Collin Anderson on Aug. 19 at the Kratochwill Building on Wisconsin Avenue. In December 2012, the 5-year-old was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer, and has received multiple blood and platelet transfusions while undergoing major surgery and chemotherapy treatment.
“As a young boy, Collin has endured more challenges than any parent could plan for,” said Thomas Anderson, Collin’s father. “While we didn’t expect to be battling cancer as a family, we are grateful for volunteer blood donors who make each day spent with our son possible. We invite those in our community to give blood and help support patients like Collin who rely on lifesaving blood transfusions.”
Blood drive in honor of Collin Anderson
At the time of Collin’s diagnosis, doctors discovered a tumor in his abdomen and learned the cancer had spread to his blood and bone marrow. He began chemotherapy treatment shortly after Christmas in 2012, and his intense treatment plan — which included surgery to remove the tumor in April, a bone marrow transplant, radiation and antibody therapy — is expected to take about one year. Collin has already required multiple blood products and may rely on additional transfusions in the coming months.
Currently, there is an urgent need for blood donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood, as blood products are being distributed to area hospitals almost as quickly as donations are coming in. On July 9, the Red Cross issued an emergency call for blood and platelet donations after seeing about 50,000 fewer donations than expected in June. Donations have increased by about 15 percent since the emergency call for donors was issued, but the need is constant.
Trauma victims, organ transplant patients and those receiving treatment for cancer and sickle cell disease may depend on lifesaving blood transfusions. Every day, the Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region needs around 500 volunteer donors to step forward and give blood.
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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.