Ballard Blood Drive Honors Student Battling Cancer
By WestKyStar & Ballard County Schools Staff
BARLOW, KY - The American Red Cross invites the community to give blood in honor of Jaiden Holtkamp, a Ballard County Elementary School first grader battling Medulloblastoma, a cancerous tumor that starts in the lower, rear portion of the brain. The special blood drive will be held Thursday, Oct. 26, from 1:30 to 6:30 pm at Ballard County Elementary in Barlow.

Jaiden was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma in August 2017 and is currently receiving treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“This blood drive is important to us because Jaiden may likely receive a blood transfusion as part of his treatment,” said Jayde Dodge, Ballard County Elementary School nurse. “He is a part of our BCES family and we want to be able to honor him in any way possible.”

Blood donations are essential to fulfil the Red Cross mission to save lives. The donations from this drive could help save the lives of many patients in need, such as heart surgery patients, accident victims and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer, or sickle cell disease. All eligible donors are needed.

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit and follow the instructions on the site.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Published 11:50 PM, Saturday Oct. 14, 2017
Updated 11:05 PM, Friday Oct. 13, 2017

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