Area dance studio honors student by holding Red Cross blood drive

October 17, 2013

In many ways, Lybie Young is a typical 7-year-old who enjoys reading, playing outside with her little sister and dancing. But unlike most children, this young ballerina-in-training also has received 10 pints of lifesaving blood to treat gastrointestinal bleeds.  To help raise awareness of the ongoing need for blood, Lybie’s dance studio, DMC Dance, is holding a blood drive in her honor.

“We’re happy to help make people aware of how important it is to donate blood,” said Susan Young, Lybie’s mom. “Helping raise awareness that blood must be donated for those who need it allows us to feel like we are giving back.”

Lybie’s health struggles began at birth with the discovery that her liver was actually positioned externally. When she was 2, Lybie underwent surgery to reposition her liver. Unfortunately, enlarged esophageal blood vessels caused Lybie to have episodes of internal bleeding.

“I’m so happy to be honoring Lybie’s determination and helping others know how important it is to give blood,” said Christy Johnson, DMC Dance owner and director. “We invite the community to help us celebrate this special young dancer and do a good thing at the same time.”

DMC Dance blood drive honoring Lybie Young

Oct. 23 from 3 to 7 p.m. at DMC Dance, 9110 Harmony Dr., Midwest City, Okla.

Every two seconds, a patient in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion. Blood products can be used to treat cancer patients, trauma victims, organ transplant recipients, premature babies, sickle cell disease patients and many more.

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 @RedCrossBloodSW.