Lewis Family Blood Drive Aims to Gives Back for Baby Boden
The Lewis family is scheduled to hold a blood drive on Sunday, July 19 in honor of 11-month-old Boden Lewis.
Boden has a genetic disorder called Diamond Blackfan anemia (DBA), and regular blood transfusions have saved his life, said Amber Lewis, Boden’s mother. In all, Boden has received 16 red blood cell transfusions as part of his treatment at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.
DBA is a rare syndrome characterized by a failure of the bone marrow to produce red blood cells that carry oxygen throughout the body. The incidence rate is approximately 5 to 7 people per 1 million live births per year, and it can cause anemia and changes to other blood cells, physical abnormalities, problems with organs or even cancer. Treatments include routine red blood cell transfusions, corticosteroids, iron chelation and bone marrow transplants.
“Boden received his first red blood cell transfusion at 2 weeks of life,” Amber said. “He will receive at least one more before his first birthday on July 25. We hope to raise awareness about the importance of blood and blood product donation in addition to DBA,” she added.
To that end, the Lewis Family Blood Drive is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Talleyville Fire Company. The family is working with BBD Account Manager Desso Bryant.
“Life saving blood transfusions are the very reason that we are fortunate enough to celebrate Boden’s first birthday,” Amber said. “We are overwhelmingly grateful that these donated red blood cells have always been available to Boden each time that he has needed them. So, to celebrate Boden turning one in a meaningful way and to give back to the community that has so graciously provided for us we wanted to host this blood drive!”
WHERE: 3919 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803
WHEN: Sunday, July 19, 2020, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
WHO: Blood Donors, Blood Bank of Delmarva, Lewis family
WHY: It only takes one hour to donate, and a single donation can save multiple lives. Roughly one in seven hospital admissions require a blood transfusion. Those in need include: cancer patients, accident, burn, or trauma victims, newborn babies and their mothers, transplant recipients, surgery patients, chronically transfused patients suffering from sickle cell disease or thalassemia, and many more. BBD needs 350 donors per day in order to supply 19 Delmarva hospitals.
SIGN UP: Please visit www.delmarvablood.org or call 1-888-8-BLOOD-8 and use code TLF to book an appointment.
“My husband and I donated blood on June 6 so we cannot donate again until August 1,” Amber said. “But we will be present for the blood drive to individually thank and cheer on our participating donors and of course will be personally donating again in early August.”
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About Blood Bank of Delmarva: Blood Bank of Delmarva is a not-for-proﬁt 501(c)(3) community blood bank with a simple mission: saving lives. The Blood Bank of Delmarva achieves its mission every day by providing safe blood and blood products to all 19 hospitals in Delmarva and relies on over 80,000 volunteer blood donors each year to ensure patients’ needs are met. The Blood Bank of Delmarva distributes over 130,000 blood products annually and operates four donor centers. Each year, the Blood Bank of Delmarva normally hosts over 600 blood drives. These blood drives would not be possible without the commitment of community organizations that volunteer to serve as sponsors or coordinators, which provides opportunities for blood donors to give blood and help patients in need. BBD is New York Blood Center Enterprises affiliate and a member of AABB and ABC. For more information, please visit delmarvablood.org or follow us at facebook.com/delmarvabloodbank.