Blood Drive in Honor of Hendersonville, Tenn. Toddler

January 31, 2011



[Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 31, 2011]—The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive in honor of Colby Chance Hitchcock on Saturday, Feb. 12.  The drive is at the Hendersonville Church of Christ located at 107 Rockland Road in Hendersonville, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


At 20 weeks of pregnancy Colby’s mother, Becca Hitchcock, found out her baby boy had a congenital heart defect called Tricuspid Atresia.  In this condition, there's no tricuspid valve so no blood can flow from the right atrium to the right ventricle.  As a result, the right ventricle is small and not fully developed.[1]


Colby is a happy 2 ½ year old who is walking, running and loves playing with his big brother.  So far, Colby’s had two open heart surgeries and is facing a third, and possibly final, surgery this summer. 


“Fortunately for Colby, the necessary blood was waiting when he needed it.  The American Red Cross and the blood that they supply became a reality for our family.   We want to be sure that there is plenty of blood available for other families, and we want to do it in honor of the ‘heart’ of our family and our inspiration…Colby Chance.”


To schedule an appointment for this blood drive, call Becca Hitchcock at (615) 293-2903.  For more information on American Red Cross blood drives, call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767) or visit


Most healthy individuals who are at least 17 years of age (16 with parental consent) and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds are eligible to donate blood.  Individuals 18 years of age or younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.


The Tennessee Valley Region serves 59 hospitals and must have 600 people donate blood or platelets each weekday to meet the needs of hospital patients.