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Blood Donations Bring Hope During the Holidays

Indiana-Ohio

November 26, 2013
 

Blood donations bring hope during the holidays

 

The holiday season is a time for people to reflect on what makes them grateful. Family, friends and good health come to mind for many.

Countless patients like Ethan Hoffart, however, strive for good health during the holidays, oftentimes in a hospital room, away from family and friends. Blood donations can bring them hope.

When Ethan was 10 years old, he spent most of the holiday season being treated for aplastic anemia, a disease in which the body’s bone marrow doesn’t make enough new blood cells. For four months Ethan was dependent on blood transfusions every seven days and platelet transfusions every three days.

“I probably wouldn’t even be here if no one gave blood,” he said. “The transfusions pretty much saved me.”

Thanks in part to volunteer donors, Ethan’s disease is under control, and he will be at home with his family for the holidays this year.

All blood types are needed, especially O negative, A negative and

B negative. Appointments to donate with the American Red Cross and bring hope to patients in need can be made at redcrossblood.org or 1-800-RED CROSS.