Local Family Plans Blood Drive in St. Charles to Honor Child

August 22, 2012

Eleven Year Old Olivia Wise Suffers from Complete Immune Deficiency


A local child who has gone from a lively, active lifestyle to a more sedentary one due to a complete immune deficiency is being honored by her family and friends and the American Red Cross with a blood drive in her name.


Eligible blood donors can honor eleven year old Olivia Wise and help patients in need by donating blood with the Red Cross on Friday, Aug. 31, from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Hope Lutheran Church at 1975 Old Highway 94 South in St. Charles.


Though Olivia has battled the complete immune deficiency since birth, her illness was only recently diagnosed by doctors.  Part of her treatment includes regular IVIG transfusions, which are comprised of several red blood cells. 


Though Olivia previously enjoyed activities like soccer and dance, she’s had to put those on hold because of her illness.


“She’s had to pretty much stop, she’s homebound,” said her mother, Kelley Wise.  “Everything has just come to a screeching halt.”


While her husband works, Kelley has quit her job and become a stay home mother so she can be with Olivia.  She said the blood drive on August 31 is meant to raise awareness of the need for blood and serve as a way for the Wise family to “pay back” the blood Olivia has used.  


“We hope this blood drive brings attention to these kinds of diseases,” she said. “Also, I never realized before (Olivia’s illness) just how much blood is needed.  If people didn’t give, Olivia could not receive treatment.”


You can join the Wise family and friends in honoring Olivia and you can help other children in need of blood by donating at the Hope Lutheran Church in St. Charles on August 31.  You can make an appointment by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or by visiting redcrossblood.org.  Walk-ins are also welcome, though appointments are preferred.


How to Donate Blood:

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information or to make an 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 18 and younger. 


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.