The holiday season is a time for people to reflect on what makes them grateful. Family, friends and good health come to mind for many. Give a gift of good health with a blood donation on Nov. 26 from 12-6 p.m. at at the Crosslake Lutheran Church located at 35960 County Road 66.
Countless patients like Ethan Hoffart, however, strive for good health during the holidays, oftentimes in a hospital room, away from family and friends. Blood donations can bring them hope.
When Ethan was 10 years old, he spent most of the holiday season being treated for aplastic anemia, a disease in which the body’s bone marrow doesn’t make enough new blood cells. For four months Ethan was dependent on blood transfusions every seven days and platelet transfusions every three days.
“I probably wouldn’t even be here if no one gave blood,” he said. “The transfusions pretty much saved me.”
Thanks in part to volunteer donors, Ethan’s disease is under control, and he will be at home with his family for the holidays this year.
All blood types are needed, especially O negative, A negative and B negative. Appointments to donate with the American Red Cross and bring hope to patients in need can be made at redcrossblood.org or 1-800-RED-CROSS.