24th Annual Holiday Blood Drive Honors Child Transplant Recipient

(November 4, 2009) – This year, the American Red Cross 24th Annual Holiday Blood Drive , honors Hayden Blatter, a blood and bone marrow recipient who was treated at the UW American Family Children’s Hospital. Hayden is now an active 2-year-old, due in part to dedicated blood donors. When Hayden was just 5 months old, he was diagnosed with Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome (WAS), an autoimmune disease. The disease caused Hayden’s antibodies to attack his platelets, requiring him to receive frequent platelet transfusions. In addition, to reduce the risk of infections, he also received Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG) treatments. IVIG is a product made of plasma.

Without a bone marrow transplant, WAS is potentially fatal. In 2008, Hayden received his stem cell transfusion and remained in isolation for nearly a year to reduce his risk for infection and allow his immune system to rebuild itself.

“We celebrated Thanksgiving and Christmas at our home since we couldn’t go out visiting,” said Kami Blatter. “People were actually afraid to be the one to bring in any sickness, so they didn’t visit.”

Hayden Blatter and his family will share Hayden’s story of survival and hope, and celebrate Hayden’s first Christmas out of isolation. By making an appointment to donate blood through the American Red Cross this holiday season, you not only give someone hope – you help save lives too.

Eligible donors are encouraged to call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit givebloodgivelife.org to schedule an appointment to donate blood. Appointments are appreciated but walk-ins are welcome.

Holiday Blood Drives:

Pilgrim Congregational Church, 991 Pilgrim Way, on Tuesday, December 22 from 9 AM-3Pm

Howard Village Hall, 2456 Glendale Ave., on Thursday, December 24 from 7 AM- 1PM

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