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Mother Encourages Blood Donation

Tennessee Valley

May 18, 2011
 

Caleb Gill’s Mother Encourages Blood Donation

Nurse Deborah Gill Sees Need for Blood Even after Son’s Death

 

 

 (Nashville, Tenn., May 18, 2011)

 

On Aug. 18, 2008, 6-year-old Caleb Gill was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor.  The next day, the tumor was surgically removed at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

 

Caleb required months of chemotherapy and receive 4-5 blood transfusions during his treatment.  Sadly, Caleb lost his battle with cancer on May 4, 2009.

 

Caleb’s mother, Deborah Gill, is a nurse.  She knows donated blood helps save lives, even though it wasn’t enough to save Caleb.

 

“It’s essential.  We need people to give.  Without it, Caleb could not fight his cancer.  Unfortunately, in Caleb’s case, the cancer was too strong,” says Gill.  “Lots of kids in our community have been hurt and needed blood.  We need people to give because, without it, there’s no other option.”

 

Gill urges parents to donate blood so it’s available when they least expect it.

 

“Parents can’t give enough to provide everything their children need.  You can donate blood for yourself or a loved one before an elective surgery, but you can’t do anything about emergencies,” she says.

 

A single cancer or leukemia patient can require up to 100 units of red blood cells and up to 50 units of blood platelets throughout the treatment course.

 

You can help ensure blood is available when patients need it most by giving blood at the Fayetteville Donor Recognition Blood Drive on Friday, June 3, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Parks & Rec Building located at 1203 Winchester Highway in Fayetteville.  To schedule an appointment for this blood drive, contact Stephanie Ezell at (615) 308-6280 or ezellsg@usa.redcross.org.  You may also log on to www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code:  FayCommDonorDay.  Walk-in donors are welcome.

 

All presenting blood donors are automatically entered into a sweepstakes drawing for the following Music City getaway:

An expense paid trip for two to Nashville, Tenn. for a two night stay at Gaylord’s Opryland Hotel, two VIP passes to the Grand Ole Opry, a backstage tour at the Opry House (based on availability at time of travel) and one $300 Visa Gift Card.

 

How to Donate Blood:

Call 1-800-RED CROSS or log on to redcrossblood.org for 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