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Red Cross blood drive in St. Clair, Mo. to honor three area children

Missouri-Illinois

May 23, 2014
 

Julia Stone, Jason Grevenberg & Zac Gossage all battling cancer

 

ST. CLAIR, Mo. (May 23, 2014) — The families of three area children battling different forms of cancer will partner with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive June 6 to help patients in need. Donors are encouraged to roll up their sleeves in honor of Julia Stone of Rosebud, Missouri, and Jason “JJ” Grevenberg and Zac Gossage, both of St. Clair.

 

In 2013, when Julia was just 3 years old, she was diagnosed with stage 4 Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare blood cancer that doctors predicted Julia would have only a 20 percent chance of beating. With the help of chemotherapy and blood transfusions, Julia has beaten the odds and will complete her treatments in July.

 

Meanwhile, 5-year-old Jason has been fighting stage four ganglioneuroblastoma, a rare type of neuroblastoma for the past four months. He has had surgery to remove most of the tumor, and is now receiving several rounds of chemotherapy as part of his treatment.

 

Zac is 7, and saw his battle with cancer begin in June 2013 when he was diagnosed with leukemia. He has received several blood transfusions since the diagnosis, and is scheduled to continue treatment through August 2016.

 

Julia, Jason and Zac Blood Drive

June 6 from 12 to 6 p.m. at American Legion Post 347

215 W. Gravois in St. Clair

 

Blood donated at the drive honoring the three children can help many patients, including cancer patients, some of whom require daily blood transfusions as part of their treatment. Donors of all types are needed, especially those with types O positive, O negative, B negative and A negative.

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.

 

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