Blood Drive to Honor Illinois Child Fighting Leukemia
Carter Faust of O’Fallon, Ill., is only four years old, but already he has received more blood and platelet transfusions than most people do in a lifetime. In fact, Carter has received so many blood transfusions in his fight against acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) that his family members have lost count.
Eligible blood donors may help Carter and other cancer patients like him by making an appointment to donate blood at an American Red Cross blood drive in his honor from 3 to 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21, at the Northwest St. Clair County Fire District building, 3407 Southbelt West, Belleville, Ill.
Carter was diagnosed with ALL in December 2009, and was immediately treated with intensive chemotherapy that eventually put his leukemia into remission. However, this summer, the leukemia returned, and now Carter is in the hospital waiting for a bone marrow transplant.
Even at such a young age, Carter is no stranger to a hospital bed or to blood transfusions.
“I don’t know that anybody knows how many blood and platelet transfusions Carter has received,” said his aunt Lori Holtmeier.
That is why Carter’s family is asking the community to give blood with the Red Cross at the blood drive in his honor on September 21.
“The drive is to say ‘thank you’ to the Red Cross for all they have done to literally save his life,” Holtmeier said. “Plus, we want to do what we can to encourage everyone to donate blood.”
Join Carter’s family and help cancer patients by giving blood at the Northwest St. Clair County Fire District building in Belleville on Sept. 21, 2012. Make an appointment by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or online at redcrossblood.org and entering sponsor code: FAUST. Walk-ins are also welcome, though appointments are preferred.
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 more than 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.