Beebe Community Invited to “Giving for Gracie” Red Cross Blood Drive March 15 & 16

Mar 13th, 2014 | By admin | Category: Top Story

Beebe First Church of the Nazarene hosts blood drive in honor of Gracie Hall.

New parents often look forward to the firsts in their babies’ lives like first haircuts, first steps and first words. One Beebe family is experiencing something they never expected: their daughter’s first chemotherapy treatments.

Gracie Hall, 15 months old, has been diagnosed with hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), a relatively rare blood disease that usually affects children less than a year old, according to the American Society of Hematology.

It can result in prolonged fevers, along with low blood cell and platelet counts. Gracie has received three blood transfusions and three platelet transfusions already, and she’s currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and may need additional transfusions.

Beebe First Church of the Nazarene and the American Red Cross will host a blood drive in Gracie’s honor on March 15 and 16. Her parents hope this blood drive will be a way to say thank you for the blood donations their daughter has already received, while helping ensure a stable blood supply as she continues her treatments.

“Even if someone isn’t Gracie’s blood type, this drive can help replenish the blood supply that serves hundreds of children we see at the hospital every day,” said Juli Hall, Gracie’s mother.

Juli and her husband Josh are youth pastors at Beebe First Church of the Nazarene. Gracie’s grandfather is the church’s senior pastor.

“As her church family, we wanted to honor her life,” said Debra Lutz, blood drive coordinator and associate pastor at Beebe First Church of the Nazarene. “We wanted to pay it forward for those blood donations she’s received. Part of our faith is helping take care of our neighbors. This blood drive could not only help Gracie, but others like her.”

Give blood in honor of Gracie Hall:

March 15 and 16 from noon to 5 p.m. at Beebe First Church of the Nazarene, 104 Campground Road, Beebe, Ark.

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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.

About the American Red Cross

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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.