American Red Cross blood drive honors Farmington child

January 15, 2013

Tyler Harris battling leukemia


FARMINGTON, Mo. (Jan. 15, 2013) –  Tyler Harris is only 12 years old, but already has spent more time in the hospital than most people would care to spend in their entire life. Tyler was diagnosed with leukemia about five years ago, and was recently rushed to the hospital with infections and pneumonia. He has undergone multiple surgeries and continues his fight to survive.


“The surgeon told us he would have never guessed we would be where we are today,” Tyler’s dad, Tim Harris said in a recent Facebook post. “Going to be a long road but Tyler is finally on it!”


 Tyler’s family is inviting the local community to give blood at an American Red Cross blood drive in his honor in February. Blood donated could go to help patients like Tyler, including those with cancer and other illnesses.


Tyler Harris Blood Drive

Feb. 4 from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Farmington Community Civic Center

2 Black Knight Drive, Farmington, Mo.


Everyone who attempts to donate blood at the Tyler Harris Blood Drive will receive a T-shirt, while supplies last.  Walk-ins are welcome, though appointments are preferred. 

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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 permission 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 or join our blog at