The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
THE RED CROSS IS MADE UP OF HUMANITARIANS WHO ROLL UP SLEEVES TO DONATE BLOOD, TEACH LIFESAVING CLASSES, REUNITE LOVED ONES SEPARATED DURING INTERNATIONAL CONFLICT, HELP OUR MILITARY MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES… AND SO MUCH MORE.

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.

The process of donation may appear to be filled with anonymity, but we see a name in every unit Emily receives during a transfusion. While we do not know the donor, we can see your heart and we appreciate you. Blood donation is the bridge between life and death for Emily, but it is also so much more. It is learning to ride a bike, going to her first dance, earning a diploma and walking down an aisle someday.

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.