Parents Host Blood Drive in Honor of their Children
The Jadick and Emig families both know the importance of blood donations, and they are teaming up with the Blood Bank of Delmarva to host a blood drive on January 18 at the First Church of the Nazarene, 357 Paper Mill Road, Newark, Del.
Twins Rose and James Emig were born prematurely on January 19, 2019 and spent five months in the NICU. During their stay in the hospital, they each received four units of blood. They are alive today because generous donors gave blood to ensure the local hospital had it available for their treatment.
“It was a relief to know blood was available to them,” Rebecca Emig said. “That’s why we wanted to do the blood drive. My husband [David] and I never thought our babies in the NICU would need blood until we experienced it. What if it wasn’t there? Then, what would we do?”
Riley Jadick has been battling Leukemia since her diagnosis on April 13, 2018. She has received 18 units of red blood cells and 15 units of platelets and plasma. Riley’s treatment is scheduled to continue until at least the end of July.
“This time of year can be really scary to parents with immunocompromised children because of the increased risk of the flu and other sickness,” said Riley’s mother, Robin Jadick. “Riley’s still taking oral chemotherapy every day and monthly through an IV at the hospital. Once every three months she is getting chemo directly into her spine through a lumbar puncture. All of this treatment can still cause her counts to drop, as they did in December, so we are eternally grateful for the blood bank to be there for her when and if she does need blood products again.”
For Robin and Tim Jadick, this is their second time hosting a blood drive to pay-it-forward, and Rebecca and David Emig are joining them to do their part to give back to others.
The Blood Bank of Delmarva is honored to partner with the Jadick and Emig families to host this blood drive. This blood drive comes on the heels of National Blood Donor month, a month reserved to raise awareness about the need for blood donations and to acknowledge the contributions of blood donors. January is also a challenging time of year to maintain a stable blood supply due to the challenges of weather related events and donor availability.
More about the 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 about 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 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. For more information, please visit delmarvablood.org or follow us at facebook.com/delmarvabloodbank.