A Saugerties family is asking for blood donations for their three-year old daughter, Cecilia as well as the many in the area and beyond in need. Baby Cecilia was diagnosed with B-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and her family is currently traveling twice per week so she can receive treatment. Though Cecilia is responding well, she has a long road to recovery ahead of her. Cecilia’s family wants to rally the community together for a blood drive to ensure there’s blood on the shelves for her and other patients in need. Donated blood is perishable, so the supply must be constantly replenished. You can donate blood for this cause 4 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 12 at Mt. Marion Fire Department, 766 Kings Highway, Saugerties.
It only takes one hour to donate, and a single donation can save multiple lives. Nearly 2000 donations are needed each day in New York and New Jersey alone. Roughly one in seven hospital admissions require a blood transfusion. 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.