CEDAR LAKE | The Indiana–Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross and the Cedar Lake Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2529 will host a blood drive dedicated to two local residents who died from Acute Myeloid Leukemia, or AML.
The “Two Families, One Fight” blood drive will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Cedar Lake FOE Hall, 13140 Lake Shore Drive, in memory of Dave Marine and Miranda Jackson.
Acute Myeloid Leukemia is a cancer that starts inside bone marrow, the soft tissue inside bones that helps form blood cells. The cancer grows from cells that would normally turn into white blood cells. Acute means the disease grows very quickly.
Miranda Jackson was diagnosed with AML in August, 2010 when she was just four months old. She immediately underwent chemotherapy treatments and received a number of blood and platelet transfusions.
By November, the leukemia was in remission and things were looking brighter. Unfortunately, Miranda relapsed on Aug. 8, 2012 and passed away Oct. 30.
“Blood and platelets gave us an extra year-and-a-half with Miranda,” said her aunt, Meagan Jackson. “We wanted to give a little bit back and decided to host a blood drive in Miranda’s memory.”
Dave Marine was diagnosed with AML in April, 2011 and had every intention of fighting—and beating—the disease. After three months of blood transfusions and chemotherapy treatments, he passed away in July, 2011.
“We wouldn’t have had that extra time with him had it not been for the more than 50 units of blood he received” said Marine’s daughter, Patty Hardesty. “We would like to repay that gift and collect at least 50 units of blood at this drive.”
The strength of the American Red Cross Blood Services lies in the active involvement of people who voluntarily donate blood to meet demands in their community and around the country. The need for blood is constant—every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion.
To make an appointment to help save a life, call (800) RED CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org.