Blood Drive Scheduled In High Ridge in Honor of Local Child
Nine Year Old Born with Heart Defect
She’s only nine years old, but already Kayla Spicer has been on the receiving end of blood transfusions more times than most people. Despite this, young Kayla continues to smile, and hopes for a bright future. Area residents can help pave the way for that future, and the futures of other children like Kayla, by donating blood with the American Red Cross at a blood drive in Kayla’s honor on Friday, May 4, from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Parish at 3009 High Ridge Blvd. in High Ridge.
Kayla was born with a heart defect that has led to gastrointestinal bleeding, more commonly referred to as GI bleeding. As a result, her mother, Rebecca Spicer, said Kayla has received “quite a few” blood transfusions, and could receive more before the onset of puberty, when doctors hope the transfusions will no longer be necessary.
It’s because her daughter has received so many transfusions that Rebecca is encouraging others to donate blood.
“I see the need for blood,” Rebecca said. “We hope to raise awareness so that other children, and other people, can receive the blood they need, too.”
“Kayla is the happiest little girl, always smiling and laughing,” Rebecca said to describe her daughter. You can keep Kayla and other patients smiling by donating blood at the Red Cross blood drive on May 4. To schedule an appointment, 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 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.