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Give blood in honor of Caroline Hale

Young woman is a lymphoma survivor

Caroline Hale was a pre-teen, active in varsity soccer, track, softball and basketball, when she was diagnosed with lymphoma.

Caroline’s cancer was aggressive and her treatment included chemotherapy. The chemotherapy wiped out her immune system and left her dependent on a wheelchair for a short time. Caroline was bald for two years and wondered if she would die.

Modern medicine, talented doctors and a devoted extended family banded together to bring her back to health. Caroline received 56 blood transfusions over the course of 16 months.

Today, Caroline is a healthy MBA student at Vanderbilt University, who is working at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

“I cannot begin to express my most sincere gratitude for the Red Cross and the many local blood donors who gave me back my life, and have done the same for countless others in our community,” she said.

The public is invited to give blood in honor of Caroline Hale Tuesday, Dec. 20, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Williamson County Public Library, 1314 Columbia Ave. in Franklin. To schedule your donation appointment, visit redcrossblood.org and enter code:  Franklin19 or call 790-5785 by Dec. 19. Cool Springs Rotary is offering their support through volunteering to assist at the event.

All presenting blood donors receive a holiday inspired long-sleeved shirt.

How to donate blood:

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information or to make an appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors 18 and younger. 

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.

For information, visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

 

 

Posted on: 12/12/2011

 
 

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