Red Cross blood drive to be held in honor of Belleville area teenage cancer patient
Leukemia patient Jenny Stock and family encourage others to give blood
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (Nov. 11, 2013) — Things appear to be looking up for local teenager Jenny Stock, and the efforts of blood donors are partly to thank. The 18-year-old Stock, who recently graduated at the top of her high school class, is doing well after a cancer diagnosis nine years ago.
Stock was diagnosed with a form of leukemia called T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, also known as T-cell ALL, when she was 9 years old. Her mother, Greta Stock, says treatment, including transfusions of whole blood and platelets, have helped put her leukemia in remission. Now, Jenny and her family are joining the American Red Cross to host a blood drive in the hopes of helping others the way blood donors helped Jenny.
“She wants to give something back,” said Greta Stock. “Blood was available when she needed it, and we want it to be available for others who need it.”
Jenny Stock Blood Drive
Nov. 18 from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Cathedral Grade School
3rd & Garfield in Belleville, Ill.
Blood collected at the Jenny Stock Blood Drive may help cancer patients, trauma victims and other patients in need. All blood types are needed.
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.