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Eureka Blood Drive to Honor Local 4-year-old Fighting Leukemia and Raise Awareness About Need for Blood

Central Plains Blood Services Region

January 4, 2011
 

Media Contact:Jennifer L. Keller - (316) 268-0853 / Cell: (316) 558-2428

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Eureka Blood Drive to Honor Local 4-year-old Fighting Leukemia and Raise Awareness About Need for Blood

 

Wichita, Kan. Dec. 31, 2010 – The American Red Cross Blood Services will host a special community blood drive on Jan. 14, 2011 in honor of Blake Brown-Feck (pictured at right), who is fighting a rare and serious form of chronic leukemia called Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia(JMML).

Blake, like many people across Kansas, has depended on blood products to live. On Dec. 10, 2010, he was fortunate to receive a bone marrow transplant, the only type of treatment that has proven to be successful for children with JMML.

“We are supporting this blood drive to bring awareness to the need for blood,” said Samantha, Blake’s mother.  “Our family is so grateful for all of the support we have received and want to do whatever we can to make sure all hospital patients have access to blood when they need it – just like Blake.”

If you would like to keep up with Blake’s progress or share your thoughts or prayers with his family, visit: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/blakebrown-feck.

DRIVE INFORMATION: The Eureka Blood Drive in Honor of Blake Brown-Feck will be held Friday, Jan. 14 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Eureka United Methodist Church, 521 N. Main St., Eureka, Kan.

HOW TO DONATE BLOOD:Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment today. 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 of age (16 with parental consent).

ABOUT THE AMERICAN RED CROSS:American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation’s blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The American Red Cross is a charity, not a government agency and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission.
 

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