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Blood drive held for Bertrand boy during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Midwest

September 22, 2014
 
OMAHA, Neb. — An 8-year-old boy from Bertrand will be honored in a special way on Saturday, Sept. 27 when the community of Hooper holds a blood drive in his name.
 
Garrett Scholz is an energetic child who loves to play t-ball with his friends, collect baseball cards and work with his family’s cattle. He had just celebrated his eighth birthday when he was diagnosed with leukemia on July 9 of this year. Garrett had to spend the rest of his birthday month inside the hospital, receiving blood and platelet transfusions as he underwent chemotherapy. Today, while his friends have returned to school, Garrett receives four treatments a week in Omaha and is able to return home only on the weekends.
 
“Garrett has handled everything like a champ,” said his grandmother Betty Rasmussen of Arlington. She hopes this blood drive will raise awareness of the need for blood products among those battling cancer. “We are so grateful for everyone who shares the gift of life.”
 
Donate Blood in Honor of Garrett Scholz
Saturday, Sept. 27
8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Immanuel Lutheran Church
27053 Country Road 12, Hooper
To make an appointment to donate, call LaRae Moseman at (402) 654-2566 or visit redcrossblood.org, enter sponsor code 203 and select the Hooper event.
 
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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.