Fifth Annual Jason Archer Memorial Blood Drive
Rare Childhood Cancer Took Archer’s Life
(Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 30, 2010)
Jason Archer enjoyed playing video and computer games, reading and hanging out with friends.
He was a 2004 honors graduate of Heritage Christian Academy of Mount Juliet with plans to attend Volunteer State Community College.
But a rare childhood cancer called alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma took his life one week before his first college course. Jason Archer was 19 years old.
Alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma (ARMS) typically affects older children or teenagers and occurs more often in large muscles of the trunk, arms, and legs.
“He bravely endured the torture of cancer treatment, including chemotherapy for 18 months, radiation and surgery. As with most children going through cancer treatment, Jason required several blood transfusions. We will always be grateful for those who gave blood for him,” said Pam and David Archer, Jason’s parents.
Cancer patients, like Jason Archer, who undergo chemotherapy can requite up to 100 units of red blood cells and 50 units of platelets throughout the treatment course.
You can help cancer patients, like Jason Archer, by donating blood in his memory on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church Hendersonville located at 106 Bluegrass Commons Blvd. in Hendersonville. To schedule an appointment for this blood drive, call The Babb Center at (615) 824-3772.
All presenting blood donors receive a long-sleeved holiday inspired shirt.
“Several of those who have given blood each year have been Jason's friends and many became first time donors at these blood drives. We especially want to thank each person who has participated in the blood drives in the past and those who will come this year,” said the Archers.
How to Donate Blood:
Log on to www.givelife.org to schedule a blood donation appointment. For more information on giving blood, call 1-800-448-3543 or visit bloodisneeded.org. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19. Visit bloodisneeded.org to learn more.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.