Blood Drive to Honor 8 Year Old Kile Britton
Youngster Has Rare Immunodeficiency Disorder
With colder weather getting ready to settle in for the winter, many youngsters will grudgingly put away their baseball bats and gloves. Many will be counting the days until the next time they can step back into the batter’s box. Among them is Kile Britton, an eight year old from Illinois who, thanks to blood donations from volunteer donors, is getting a chance to play the game he loves. And his family is getting a chance to let the community know the important role blood donations can play in the lives of patients.
“We want to raise awareness for the need for blood in the community,” says Kile’s mother, Beth Britton. That is the inspiration behind an American Red Cross blood drive scheduled in Kile’s honor on Saturday, Dec. 31, from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church at 1001 South Cherry in West Frankfort.
Kile suffers from an immunodeficiency disorder known as Job’s syndrome, and has difficulty fighting off infections due to a weakened immune system. About a year and a half ago, Kile began receiving IVIG treatments, which use antibodies from the blood of one thousand donors to help the immune system. Beth Britton says the treatments are allowing Kile to be a rambunctious, active child.
“Before (the treatments), walking was a chore for Kile,” Beth says. “Now, getting him to sit down is a chore.”
The Red Cross and blood drive organizers hope to collect 85 units of blood during the drive in Kile’s honor. Because each blood donation can help save up to three lives, over 250 area patients could see another day – and another game of catch -- thanks to the generosity of area donors.
To schedule an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-Red CROSS.
How to Donate Blood:
Simply call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment today. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19. Visit redcrossblood.org to learn more.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.