American Red Cross Holds Day after Christmas Blood Drive

December 17, 2012

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COLUMBIA, S.C., Dec. 12, 2012—This holiday season, the American Red Cross invites you to give the gift they won’t return by giving something that truly means something. Give the gift of hope through blood donation.


“My son is beyond amazing. Inhale. Exhale.”


That’s the mantra of Trina Ewing, a Midlands-area resident and mom to a little boy whose story is nothing short of miraculous. Trina’s son Seth, a Midway Elementary School student, was diagnosed with Philadelphia chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (Ph+ ALL), a very aggressive and uncommon form of childhood leukemia in May 2008 when he was only four years old. The disease wreaked havoc on his young body, and for several months, he was unable to walk or eat solid food.


As part of his three years of treatment, Seth received more than 120 blood and platelet transfusions. Thanks in part to the generosity of blood and platelet donors, Seth’s health has greatly improved, and he is looking forward to celebrating this holiday season with his parents, Gary and Trina, and his little sister, Savvy.


“We are grateful to Seth and his family for sharing his miraculous story to help raise awareness about the need for blood donations,” said Ryan Corcoran, chief executive officer for the Red Cross South Carolina Blood Services Region. “Only when volunteer donors make time to help save a life can we be sure that blood is available for patients like Seth who are in need. Giving blood to help others is a wonderful way to give something meaningful this holiday season. Please add making a blood donation to your holiday to-do list.”


Help other patients like Seth this holiday season by joining us for the Day after Christmas Blood Drive 10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, at the following locations.


Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church

5503 Sunset Blvd., Lexington


Walmart Garners Ferry (blood mobile)

7520 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia


Dutch Square Mall

421 Bush River Road, Columbia


For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit and enter sponsor code: SETH.


All presenting donors will receive a free American Red Cross long sleeve T-shirt and will be entered for a chance to win a $1,000 gift card through the Red Cross “Give Something That Means Something” promotion.


The need for blood remains constant during the holiday season, but busier schedules, holiday travel and other seasonal activities can leave little time to donate. Discover the true meaning of giving this holiday season by giving blood.


Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission), 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