During the month of September, one local group is hoping to plant the “Seeds of Hope,” and raise awareness about childhood cancer.
On Tuesday, the Marshall County Childhood Cancer Awareness group teamed up with Central Blood bank to hold a blood drive at John Marshall High School.
The Marshall County Childhood Cancer Awareness Group held the blood drive in memory of Abby Frohnapfel, who fell victim to childhood cancer and sadly lost her battle in 2015.
The group is holding events and fundraisers all through the month of September to help raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research. You may be wondering how could a blood drive bring attention to childhood cancer? But blood donations are actually crucial to cancer treatment.
“When a patient is being treated for cancer, that treatment tends to kill off the healthy red blood cells and the healthy platelets. By collecting blood, we are able to collect healthy red cells, healthy platelets and administer them to those cancer patients or basically anybody that needs them,” said Rachel Bennett, Account Manager at Central Blood Bank.
Leukemia is a cancer of the blood itself, so donations are especially important for the treatment of that.
Some other upcoming awareness events include “Go Gold” football games at this Friday’s John Marshall game and the Cameron High School football game on September 23. The Fish Crick Chick Walk is also coming up on October 14.