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Blood Drives Keep Teen's Legacy Alive

Northern California Blood Services Region

June 18, 2012
 

It’s been more than 3½ years since Korrine Croghan lost her battle with cancer at the age of 14, but her positive attitude and passion for life continues to shine through Team KC and the blood drives the group sponsors with the American Red Cross each year.

Korrine was a bright and bubbly teenager when she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. The Granada High School student endured more than 10 rounds of chemotherapy and received hundreds of units of blood during her treatment. Shortly after her passing, Team KC (a group founded by Korrine and her parents) sponsored its first blood drive as a way to give back and help supply blood for others in need.

Since June 2009, Team KC has helped organize six blood drives in memory of Korrine. Those blood drives have collected more than 500 units of blood for sick and injured patients – a result that Korrine’s parents believes would have put a smile on their daughter’s face.

Following her first round of chemotherapy, Korrine explained how blood helped her in an e-mail to a friend.

“Everything in your body dies including your blood. So I got this blood transfusion ... and it was amazing!  I was up at 1 in the morning feeling like I could run a marathon."

The next Team KC blood drive will be held on June 29 at Marcel Orthodontics in Livermore. In order to accommodate the number of blood donors expected, the Red Cross will set up two separate collection groups – one inside the office and one in a bloodmobile in the parking lot.

“Korrine had a profound effect on me and my entire team.  Her kindness, her brilliant smile, her incredible spirit touched us very deeply,” Dr. Tom Marcel said. “In a very tangible way, it remains part of who we are as individuals and as an office team.  It is like she took that long cross-pool pass and scored a perfect shot right into our hearts … forever changing us for the better.”

In addition to the Team KC drive, donors can give blood in honor of Korrine at another location. The Livermore Community Blood Drive, which runs on the same day and at the same time, also plans to collect blood in Korrine’s memory. This will be the second time the Livermore Community drive has participated in a “dual drive” with Team KC, and drive sponsor Thomas Petty sees this as a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together for a good cause.

“We're proud to honor Korrine’s memory by hosting the Livermore Community blood drive in her honor again this year, in combination with the Team KC drive,” Petty said. “She's fondly remembered and missed by so many in our community.”

Korrine managed to touch the lives of many people during her short life (evident in this short video produced by three of her friends at Granada High School), and her legacy continues through the work of Team KC, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to supporting pediatric cancer patients and their families.

“Team KC works tirelessly to brighten and better the lives of local pediatric patients,” Red Cross CEO Jeff Meyer said. “The organization’s support of our efforts to collect blood for patients in the Bay Area is just one way it’s making a positive impact for those in need.”

Every day, regional hospitals are filled with cancer and surgery patients, premature babies, accident victims and other ill and injured people who need transfusions to live. Blood cannot be manufactured, it can only come from volunteer donors and because all blood and blood products are perishable, the supply must constantly be replenished.

Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet height and weight requirements (at least 110 pounds based on height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.

About Team KC

Team KC's Mission: To help improve the quality of life of pediatric cancer patients and their families. We wish to supply children with fun activities, toys and anything else that will brighten and better their lives. Monies will also be used to help parents pay for bills and defray the costs of gas, food and lodging that go along with caring for a child with cancer.

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 blog.redcross.org.


What: Team KC / Livermore Community Blood Drives

When: June 29, 2012 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: The Team KC Blood Drive will be held at Marcel Orthodontics (2084 Fourth Street in Livermore). The Livermore Community Blood Drive will be held at Asbury United Methodist Church (4743 East Avenue in Livermore).

Why: In honor of Korrine Croghan and the lives she continues to touch through the work of Team KC.

How: You can schedule an appointment to donate blood at either of these drives by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Appointments can also be scheduled online by clicking these links: Team KC Blood Drive and Livermore Community Blood Drive.