Blood Assurance Holds Blood Drive In Honor Of Jake Miller

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Blood Assurance will host a blood drive in memory of Jake Miller on Tuesday, May 13 in front of Lee Miller State Farm, located in the Panera Bread complex at 2636 Battlefield Parkway, Fort Oglethorpe.

At eight years old, Jake was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in Chattanooga at T C Thompson Children’s Hospital. He was sent to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to begin treatments. After 9 months of intensive chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant Jake was pronounced no evidence of disease. He relapsed 90 days later and needed additional treatment. He was then sent to Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City. Over the 10 years of battling cancer, Jake received hundreds of whole blood and platelet transfusions. Sadly Jake passed away in 2011. His family wants to give back so that other families with children battling cancer can continue their fight.

Blood Assurance serves 47 counties in a 5 state region, and is the sole provider of blood and blood components for over 70 health care facilities. More than 440 blood donors are needed every day in order to adequately supply the region served by Blood Assurance with lifesaving blood. 

To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent), weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. The process usually takes about 30 minutes and includes a complimentary snack and t-shirt. Donors are asked to drink plenty of fluids - avoiding caffeine - and eat a meal that is rich in iron prior to donating. 

To schedule an appointment to donate in honor of Jake, call 706/937-4151. For more information about donating blood or the marrow registry, please call Blood Assurance at 800/962-0628.


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