Antonia Elementary to honor two students by hosting Red Cross blood drive
Blood drive at Antonia Elementary will honor two children battling cancer
IMPERIAL, Mo. (March 24, 2014) – Two young students at Antonia Elementary School are fighting cancer, but classmates and teachers are helping make sure they, and patients like them, are not going at it alone. Students and staff at Antonia Elementary are joining the Red Cross to host a blood drive March 31 in honor of students Jaxon Menner and Margo Miller.
Jaxon was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia, or ALL, in July 2013 when he was 2 years old. Since then, he has required blood and platelet transfusions, and earlier this year was hospitalized for 31 consecutive days due to complications from chemotherapy.
Three-year-old Margo, meanwhile, was diagnosed with cancer two years ago when she was just a year old. The leukemia returned this winter, and she has received numerous blood and platelet transfusions as part of her treatment. She’s also in need of a bone marrow transplant.
Jaxon Menner and Margo Miller Blood Drive
March 31 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Antonia Elementary School
3901 Old State Road M in Imperial, Mo.
Giving blood at the Jaxon Menner and Margo Miller Blood Drive could go a long way in helping patients in need of blood, including cancer patients, accident victims and others.
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 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.