One-year-old boy honored at Grand Island blood drive
September 29, 2014
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — An American Red Cross blood drive will be held Wednesday, Oct. 1 in honor of 1-year-old Mason Scholz who has overcome incredible medical trials in the first year of his life.
Mason was not even 10 months old when he was diagnosed with E.Coli in July. His doctors believe he was exposed while visiting cattle at the fair. His parents knew it was severe when Mason stopped eating and drinking and would sleep all day. In August, he was diagnosed with Hemolytic-Uremic Syndrome, a complication of E.Coli that destroys red blood cells and has the potential to cause kidney failure. He was flown to Children’s Hospital in Omaha where he immediately received a blood transfusion.
“All I could do as I watched this blood go into my sick little boy was thank God for whoever our donor was,” said Mason’s mom, Stacy Scholz. “This person donated selflessly and is saving our son’s life.”
Doctors say if Mason had arrived just a day later he likely would have required dialysis. Today, he is a happy little boy who got to celebrate his first birthday at home in Grand Island alongside his parents and three older brothers on Sept. 20.
Donate Blood in Honor of Mason Scholz
Wednesday, October 1
11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church
2103 W. Anna St., Grand Island
To schedule an appointment to donate, call Gayle at (308)382-7545 or visit redcrossblood.org.
“Whether you donate all the time or this would be your first donation, we would be so happy to see anyone and everyone come out,” Stacy said. “You don’t know how much it means until you’re on the receiving end. These donors, in my eyes, are angels in disguise.”
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.