Red Cross to host blood drive in honor of Fulton child
Sam Santhuff continues battle with rare form of cancer
FULTON, Mo. (July 16, 2014) — The American Red Cross and family and friends of 6-year-old Sam Santhuff will partner on July 30 to host a blood drive in Fulton in Sam’s honor. Sam was diagnosed in 2013 with rhabdomyoscarcoma, a rare form of cancer.
Since his treatment began, Sam has undergone six surgeries, 72 chemotherapy treatments, 20 proton treatments and countless blood and platelet transfusions, according to his mother, Cassie Santhuff.
“Sam has had so many infusions, and each time he does, we reflect on our appreciation for those who thought more of others than of themselves and took the time to donate blood,” Cassie Santhuff said. “We have seen the physical changes in Sam after he has a transfusion; he gets his energy back and his skin tone is restored.”
Cassie said the intent of the blood drive on July 30 is to help ensure more patients like Sam have the blood products they need.
“It is our hearts’ desire to help the other warriors fighting childhood cancer while also raising awareness to the very real need for these products,” she said. “While Sam has been lucky to always have the products he's needed be available, we know many who have had to wait for products.”
Sam Santhuff Blood Drive
Wednesday, July 30
12 to 6 p.m.
First Christian Church
6 E. 7th St. in Fulton
Donors are asked to please call 1-800-RED CROSS or go to redcrossblood.org
to schedule a blood donation appointment.
All eligible donors are encouraged to give to help maintain the summer blood supply and prevent a shortage. Donors of all blood types are currently needed, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood. To learn more about Sam Santhuff, visit caringbridge.org/visit/samsanthuff.
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.