Red Cross to host blood drives in Owensville, Mo. in honor of local cancer patient
OWENSVILLE, Mo. (Dec. 19, 2013) – In August, 3-year-old Julia Stone of Rosebud, Mo. 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 beat the odds and her family wants to raise awareness about the importance of blood donations.
The Stone family and the American Red Cross will host two blood drives in January in Julia’s honor to encourage others to give the gift of life.
Julia began treatment following her diagnosis on Aug. 7, and when she underwent scans in early December, doctors found that nearly 98 percent of the cancer was gone. She will undergo surgery in January and continue treatments, though her mother, Rachel Stone, said things are looking good.
“The response to the chemotherapy and transfusions has just been awesome,” she said. “She’s had so many transfusions I’ve lost count, but they helped her. Now we want to raise awareness and let people know that other people need blood, too.”
Julia Stone Blood Drives
Jan. 2 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center
404 S. First St. in Owensville, Mo.
Jan. 16 from noon to 4 p.m. at RR Donnelly
1005 Commercial Drive in Owensville, Mo.
The Julia Stone Blood Drives come at an important time for the Red Cross. Blood donations are especially needed during the winter months, when donations typically decline.
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.