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LaGrange MS Students Hold Blood Drive For Classmate Battling Cancer

A blood drive is planned on Thursday, May 3 for 12-year-old Emma, a 7th grade student at LaGrange Middle School.
A blood drive is planned on Thursday, May 3 for 12-year-old Emma, a 7th grade student at LaGrange Middle School. Photo Credit: Provided

Students at LaGrange Middle School are hosting a blood drive in honor on Thursday, May 3 of their classmate, Emma, a seventh-grader at the school fighting cancer.

The drive will run from 2:15 to 8:15 p.m. in the school gym. This event will help ensure hospitals and patients have access to the life-saving blood they need.

Emma is 12 years old and a student at LMS battling a rare renal sarcoma cancer that has spread to other parts of her body. She has undergone multiple rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. Blood product transfusions are vital to treatment plans for patients like Emma as they fight their disease.

It takes one hour to donate blood, and a single donation can be used to save multiple lives. Nearly 2,000 donations are needed each day in New York and New Jersey alone. About one in seven hospital admissions requires a blood transfusion, and with a limited shelf life, supplies must be continually replenished.

Those in need include: cancer patients, accident, burn, or trauma victims, newborn babies and their mothers, transplant recipients, surgery patients, chronically transfused patients suffering from sickle cell disease or thalassemia, and many more. Donors with O-negative blood type, or “universal donors,” are especially encouraged to attend, as their blood can be used in emergencies.

Additional details can be found on the flyer attached below.

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