When two-year-old Chloe Rose was diagnosed this past summer with stage three Neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer affecting nearly 700 children annually, she went from being a typical happy, playful toddler to a very sick child almost overnight.
“Since her diagnosis, Chloe has required hospitalization, surgery, chemotherapy, and many, many blood transfusions,” said Camille Dewing, family friend and blood drive coordinator. “Chloe and her family have not had an easy journey, but blood donations given by generous donors have helped to save her life and encouraged her to keep fighting.”
Transfusions of red cells and platelets can help save a patient’s life, or dramatically improve their quality of life from day-to-day. Leukemia and other cancers can cause anemia and internal bleeding, chemo and radiation can lower blood counts, and cancer-related surgeries can result in blood loss.
“Patients like Chloe don’t get a holiday from needing blood and the need for donors is constant,” said Dewing. “Chances are there’s a child or a family waiting for the gift you can give.”
Blood donations often decline from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day as people get busy with holiday activities. The American Red Cross is encouraging donors to give now to help prevent a seasonal decline and ensure a stable supply. Donors must make an appointment for this blood drive as space is limited. To make an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org. Sponsor Code: Chloe
Donate Blood in Honor of Chloe Rose
Sponsored by West Side Community Alliance
Hank Gallo Center at Lincoln Park
One Lincoln Park | Jersey City, N.J. 07304
Sunday, Nov. 13 | 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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.