Annual American Red Cross blood drive honors Illinois child
Kile Britton has rare immunodeficiency disorder
WEST FRANKFORT, Ill. (Jan. 28, 2012) – The efforts of thousands of blood donors have helped keep 9-year-old Kile Britton alive, and his family invites more donors to a blood drive to help Kile and others who need blood products. The American Red Cross will join the Britton family in hosting the fourth annual Kile Britton Blood Drive on Feb. 10.
Kile suffers from an immunodeficiency disorder known as Job’s syndrome, and has difficulty fighting off infections due to a weakened immune system. Almost three years ago, Kile began receiving IVIG treatments, which use antibodies from the blood of more than one thousand donors to help the immune system. To date, Kile has received 31 IVIG transfusions.
“Each transfusion requires antibodies from one thousand donors, meaning without the help of 31,000 people, Kile wouldn’t be alive,” said Kile’s mother, Beth Britton.
Kile Britton Blood Drive
Feb. 10 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at First Christian Church
1001 South Cherry, West Frankfort, Ill.
Giving blood at the Kile Britton Blood Drive could go a long way in helping patients in need of blood, including cancer patients, accident victims and others. In fact, one blood donation could help save up to three lives.
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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.