City of Lowell hosts fifth annual Red Cross blood drive in memory of Hannah Grace Crumby
LOWELL, Ark. — Parents should never have to face losing their children, but one Northwest Arkansas couple hopes the loss of their daughter will inspire people to donate blood to give more time to others. On Feb. 13, the City of Lowell will host its fifth annual American Red Cross blood drive in memory of Hannah Grace Crumby.
Four-year-old spunky and sassy Hannah was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in September 2009 after having a low-grade fever for several days.
Hannah was admitted to Arkansas Children’s Hospital where she began chemotherapy to combat the cancer and soon was dubbed “Warrior Princess” by her nurses and family. Time spent playing dress up and bossing her baby brother around was taken over by blood transfusions and treatments. Sadly, Hannah lost her fight with the disease roughly two months later.
“Hannah had to have a number of blood products during her treatment,” said blood drive coordinator and family friend Amy Anderson. “This is just a way to give back in her memory. We miss her, and it’s sad her life ended so soon. But maybe this blood drive can help give other families more time to fight.”
Last year more than 1.6 million people were diagnosed with cancer. Many of them require blood products during surgery, chemotherapy and other treatments. Volunteer blood donors can offer these families a priceless gift during that fight – the gift of time.
Give Blood in Memory of Hannah Grace Crumby
Feb. 13 from 2-7 p.m. at Lowell City Hall, 216 N. Lincoln Street, Lowell, Ark.
Hannah Crumby would have turned nine years old on Feb. 15 of this year. This blood drive is a way to celebrate her memory around her birthday, while giving a gift to other patients who are fighting the same fight.
The winter months can be a difficult time to collect blood donations, due to inclement weather and seasonal illnesses. Right now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals as quickly as donations are coming in. Eligible donors with all blood types are needed now to help restock our shelves. There continues to be an urgent need for blood donors with type O, especially type O negative. Donors with types A negative and B negative are also urgently needed.
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.