Karli Bartlett Honored at Frederic Blood Drive

September 29, 2011

A special 5-year-old Minneapolis Children’s Hospital patient will be honored on September 15 and 16, at the American Red Cross blood drives being held in her honor at the St. Luke’s Methodist Church, 100 Linden Street W., Frederic, Wis.

In June 2009, 3-and-a-half-year-old Karli Bartlett was in severe pain. The doctors could not diagnose the problem, so Karli and her parents were sent to Minneapolis Children’s Hospital. After days of not knowing what was causing her small body so much turmoil, a bone marrow test revealed that Karli had Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. She was treated with chemotherapy and a series of blood transfusions. 

“We are so grateful for the generosity of blood donors who helped save Karli’s life and we feel strongly about giving back to our community,” said Beth Bartlett, Karli’s mother. “You just don’t realize that you or a loved one might be in need of blood someday. Karli is living proof that giving blood can help save someone’s life!”

“Karli has been through a lot but she is doing well. She is in remission, and this blood drive is a celebration of the end of her treatment. The doctors plan on keeping a close eye on her for the next five years to make sure nothing changes,” said her mother. “Karli will be starting kindergarten this fall and is a very creative and artistic little girl. She is compassionate and caring about others and often creates cards to comfort other patients.”

Currently, all blood types are needed, especially O negative, B negative and A negative. Type O negative, the universal blood type, can potentially be transfused to patients with any blood type.

Make a Blood Donation Appointment

September 15, 2011, 1 – 7 p.m.
September 16, 2011, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
St. Luke’s Methodist Church, 100 Linden Street W., Frederic, Wis.
Contact Phyllis Meyer at 715-327-8951

Appointments are encouraged, walk-ins are welcome.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed, especially type O negative, 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

Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.