Annual Red Cross blood drive honors southern Illinois child

February 18, 2014

Kile Britton has rare immunodeficiency disorder


WEST FRANKFORT, Ill. (Feb. 18, 2014) –  The efforts of thousands of blood donors have helped keep 10-year-old Kile Britton alive, and his family invites more donors to a blood drive to help Kile and others who need blood products. The American Red Cross will join the Britton family in hosting the fifth annual Kile Britton Blood Drive on March 1.


Kile suffers from an immunodeficiency disorder known as Job’s syndrome, and has difficulty fighting off infections due to a weakened immune system. Almost four years ago, Kile began receiving IVIG treatments, which use antibodies from the blood of more than one thousand donors to help the immune system. To date, Kile has received more than 30 IVIG transfusions.


“Each transfusion requires antibodies from one thousand donors, meaning without the help of more than 30,000 people, Kile wouldn’t be alive,” said Beth Britton, Kile’s mother.


Kile Britton Blood Drive

March 1 from 2 to 7 p.m. at First Christian Church

1001 South Cherry, West Frankfort, Ill.


The Kile Britton Blood Drive comes at an important time for the Red Cross, as severe winter weather has forced the cancellation of more than 1,000 blood drives nationwide, resulting in about 35,000 uncollected blood and platelet donations. Donors of all blood types are currently needed, especially O negative, O positive, A negative and B negative.


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 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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.