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MEDIC Regional Blood Center holding drive for child with cancer

MEDIC Regional Blood Center is gearing up to hold a fundraiser for a Knoxville 7-year-old with cancer.
MEDIC Regional Blood Center is gearing up to hold a fundraiser for a Knoxville 7-year-old with cancer.
Published: Jan. 12, 2022 at 3:29 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 13, 2022 at 8:37 AM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - MEDIC Regional Blood Center is gearing up to hold a fundraiser for a Knoxville 7-year-old who is battling cancer for the third time.

Noah Sileno recieves blood transfusions at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.

Noah loves dancing, drawing, and writing raps. WVLT News asked him what his message was to people donating blood, and he came up with these lyrics off the top of his head: “you love them and hope them feel better, until they feel okay. I’m ready for the show please donate the blood. Yeah, please donate the blood. Yeah, I am blood and we are blood yeah,” sang Noah.

The blood drive will be held at the Knoxville Police Department located at 800 Howard Baker Jr. Dr. and follows a major blood shortage across the country. The blood shortage is another side effect of the pandemic, according to American Red Cross Executive Director Sharon Hudson.

Noah’s mother, Martha, said the boy’s good mood can be attributed to his amazing doctors and treatments like the blood transfusions.

“We’re so thankful for people willing to donate blood because without it we would have one sick little boy. We’ve never had to wait for a blood transfusion. If Noah’s blood count or platelets are low, Medic arrives and gives him what he needs. I can’t imagine having to wait a day or two or even longer to get the transfusion he needs,” said Martha.

The East Tennessee chapter said the supply is low because the pandemic has closed schools and businesses over the past two years, places where blood drives typically happen, and more people were staying home, according to Hudson.

MEDIC’s blood drive is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 28 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Those donating for Noah are asked to tell staff beforehand.

MEDIC Regional Blood Center holding drive for child with cancer
MEDIC Regional Blood Center holding drive for child with cancer(WVLT)

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