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.
As one of the nation's premier humanitarian organizations, the American Red Cross is dedicated to helping people in need throughout the United States and, in association with other Red Cross networks, throughout the world. We depend on the many generous contributions of time, blood, and money from the American public to support our lifesaving services and programs. Today, the supporters, volunteers and employees of the American Red Cross provide compassionate care in five critical areas: 1. People affected by disasters. 2. Support for members of the military and their families. 3. Blood collection, processing, and distribution. 4. Health and Safety education and training. 5. International relief and development.
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.