The Red Cross was brought to Nebraska in 1913 to assist with local relief efforts and care for the injured after an Easter Sunday Tornado. Thereafter, like-minded Nebraskans recognized the need for Red Cross services throughout the state; the local chapters of Red Cross in Nebraska & Iowa were founded 100 years ago. Since that time, the methods which the Red Cross uses to deliver services have adapted to fit changing times and technology, but the compassion of our volunteers and donors remains constant.
Emily is charming little girl full of wit and whimsy. While her deep blue eyes can draw people close, it is her soft smile and tiny voice that are truly engaging. Her personality is continuously fluctuating, as it does with any 3-year-old child. However, we believe she has the stuff of comedic gold. Her attitude is primarily positive every week when she gets her blood drawn at the lab.
Over the last year, she managed to maintain her hemoglobin level for 14 weeks. It was encouraging to watch her have the energy to keep up with her big sister, Julia. On the whole she still requires a transfusion every 6 to 8 weeks. Originally, we believed that a splenectomy might be on the horizon, but on further review with her hematologist we have decided to hold off until she is around 10. Essentially this means that she will require transfusions for the next 7 years, making blood donation paramount in relation to her medical plan.
The Iowa West Foundation has generously provided $20,000 in Challenge Funds to be shared by participating nonprofits it recognizes as being based in or providing services in Pottawattamie County five days per week or more and meeting their funding criteria. These funds will be distributed based on donations coming from Pottawattamie County.