Columbus community invited to show support at Sammy’s Superheroes blood drive, fundraiser
July 29, 2013
COLUMBUS, Neb. – According to his parents, Chris and Erin Nahorny, Sam Nahorny is a spunky and silly little boy who loves dinosaurs, Transformers and Skylanders. By all accounts, Sam – who friends and family affectionately call Sammy – is like most other 5-year-old boys. The difference is that Sammy is fighting for his life.
On July 30, 2012, Sammy was diagnosed with stage 4, high-risk neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer. During the past year, Sammy has endured tests, surgery, chemotherapy and clinical trials to fight the disease.
Like many patients fighting cancer, blood and platelet transfusions have helped Sammy continue his treatments.
“Every single time he has a transfusion, it is lifesaving to him,” said Erin Nahorny. “Before Sammy was sick, I had no idea how often kids going through cancer treatments needed blood and platelets. It was eye opening for our family.”
The need for blood wasn’t the only need the Nahornys and their family and friends discovered during Sammy’s cancer journey. Realizing greater awareness about pediatric cancers and more funding for childhood cancer research was needed, they founded Sammy’s Superheroes, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Resolving to help make a difference for children fighting pediatric cancers, Sammy’s Superheroes is hosting a blood drive on August 3. Blood collected at the blood drives in Sammy’s honor may help many types of patients, including those battling leukemia and other forms of cancer. In fact, some cancer patients require daily blood transfusions as part of their treatment.
Sammy’s Superheroes Blood Drive
Saturday, August 3 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
American Red Cross at 2905 23rd St. in Columbus, Neb.
To make an appointment, please contact Amy Williams at 402-910-0849 or Amy Brown at 402-910-6762. Appointments can also be made online at redcrossblood.org, using sponsor code “Superhero.”
Along with the blood drive, Sammy’s Superheroes is hosting a community event and fundraiser in the parking lot outside the blood drive. Local groups will be hosting children’s activities, including face painting, games and bounce houses, and food will be available for all ages to enjoy.
Though Childhood Cancer Awareness Month isn’t until September, the August 3 event is Sammy’s Superheroes kickoff for the “Go Gold” campaign. Based off of the gold ribbon that is the symbol for childhood cancer, Sammy’s Superheroes is asking the community to go gold in support of those fighting childhood cancers to increase awareness. “Go Gold” kits featuring gold light bulbs and yard signs will be available for purchase during the event.
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 permission 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.