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McMinnville Child Honored Through Red Cross Blood Drive

Tennessee Valley

January 19, 2011
 

RED CROSS HOLDS BLOOD DRIVE IN HONOR OF ANDY DUNN

McMinnville Child Diagnosed with Neuroblastoma at age 4

 

[Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 19, 2011]

 

The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive in honor of McMinnville child, Andy Dunn. 

 

Andy is a 7-year-old second grade student at Hickory Creek Elementary School.  He is looking forward to playing baseball this spring and hopes to become a doctor when he grows up.

 

At the age of 4, Andy started having hip pain.  He was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma, which spread to his bones and bone marrow.

 

Neuroblastoma is a form of cancer that occurs in infants and young children.  It is rarely found in children older than 10 years.[1]

 

“Andy went through six adult rounds of chemotherapy; a life threatening dose of chemotherapy, followed by a stem cell transplant and 12 rounds of radiation,” says his mother, Dot Dunn.

 

Andy currently shows no signs of neuroblastoma, but is closely monitored by his doctors for any changes in his health. 

 

Donated blood is often used for treating cancer patients and those undergoing chemotherapy.

 

You can help cancer patients like Andy Dunn by giving blood in his honor on Tuesday, Feb. 1, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Westwood Church of Christ Gymnasium located at 511 Morrison St. in McMinnville.

 

The American Red Cross is also partnering with Be The Match (National Marrow Donor Program) to offer all presenting blood donors the opportunity to be added to the National Marrow Registry.  Anyone between 18 and 60 is eligible for bone marrow testing.  You can be tested even if you recently donated blood.

 

How to Donate Blood:

Call 1-800-RED CROSS or log on to www.redcrossblood.orgfor more information or to schedule a blood donation appointment. 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 redcrossblood.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.orgor join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

 

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[1]Cancer.org