Blood Drive to Honor 9 Year Old Kaitlyn Holste

March 7, 2012

Youngster Diagnosed With T-Cell Lymphoma


            She rides horses.  She does dance and gymnastics.  She enjoys cheerleading and is a straight-A student.  To look at her, you may not realize that nine year old Kaitlyn Holste suffers from cancer.  But she does, and while her T-cell lymphoma is currently in remission, her family wants to help others who may be dealing with similar diagnoses.

            The American Red Cross and the Holste family will hold a blood drive in honor of Kaitlyn on Thursday, March 15, from 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church at 600 West Temple in Effingham, IL.  This is the second annual blood drive held in Kaitlyn’s honor.

            “We want to raise awareness about the need for blood products,” said Kaitlyn’s mother, Rebecca Holste.

            Rebecca Holste has donated blood in the past, but said until her daughter was diagnosed in October 2010 and began receiving blood and platelet transfusions as part of her treatment, she hadn’t grasped the importance of such donations.

            “There are so many (sick and injured) kids that need this to live.  It really opens your eyes,” she said.

            Regular blood transfusions, such as those Kaitlyn received, are not uncommon for people battling cancer.  In fact, some cancer patients require daily transfusions as part of their treatment.

            Those who attempt to donate blood at the Kaitlyn Holste blood drive may not only help save the lives of children or other patients in need, but they could also win one of four $100 gas cards being raffled at the drive.

            To schedule an appointment to donate blood, visit or call 1-800-Red CROSS. 


How to Donate Blood:

Simply call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit to make an appointment today. 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 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 or join our blog at