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The Reason We Give - Patients Across Kansas

Central Plains Blood Services Region

March 17, 2011
 

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The Reason We Give – Patients Across Kansas

Blood helps heal K-State Student, she vows to give back to other children.

Wichita, Kan. March 17, 2011 The American Red Cross Blood Services will host the Manhattan Community Blood Drive on March 24 and 25, 2011. It is important that people throughout the community make the time to donate blood because each donation may help someone like Alexandria “Alex” Charboneau get a second chance at life.

Just as Charboneau was getting ready to pack her bags, and start her sophomore year at Kansas State University, she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cancer affecting lymphocytes (white blood cells) and a person’s ability to fight infections.

“I was confused and angry a lot of the time,” said Charboneau. “More than anything I was upset that my friends were going back to college without me, and I was stuck in a hospital getting cancer treatments. I was very difficult to be around during that time in my life.”

Fortunately, when she needed it, blood was available. Charboneau received four blood transfusions during her four-months of cancer treatment at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. She also benefited from knowledgeable staff and state-of-the-art equipment the hospital had to offer. According to Charboneau, the staff took very good care of her and helped her recover both physically and mentally.

“Obviously the blood helped save my life, said Charboneau. “I also couldn’t have gotten through the whole experience without child life specialists like Kelly and Elizabeth at Children’s Mercy.”

The experience of having cancer, fighting it and living with it has had a profound affect on Charboneau. In fact, it was this harrowing experience that convinced her to major in family studies at K-State so she can one day work with children going through the same experiences and emotions she went through. Because she has experienced the need for blood first hand, Charboneau also volunteers on the K-State Blood Drive Committee and for other groups on campus.

“It was definitely a life-changing experience,” said Charboneau. “I hope one day, I can help another kid just like me.”

Donate blood for the best reason of all, you may help save a life like Charboneau’s at the Manhattan Community Blood Drive this month!

  Drive Information:
The Manhattan Community Blood Drive will be held Thursday, March 24 from Noon to 6 p.m. and Friday, March 25 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pottorf Hall – Cico Park, Manhattan, Kan.

How to Donate Blood:Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.orgto 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 old (16 in Kansas with completedParental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19. 

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

 

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