DAYTON, Ohio - Community Blood Center (CBC) is partnering with Covenant Presbyterian Church to host a blood drive in support of Hudson Xavier Marshall, a six-month old Centerville boy who is battling cancer. The "Baby Hudson Blood Drive" is Tuesday, April 22 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the church multi-purpose room, 415 North Main St., Springboro. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment at www.DonorTime.com, sponsor code 95.
Hudson was nearly three months old when diagnosed with nueroblastoma, a cancer of the nerve tissues that is the most common type of cancer in infants. Hudson is undergoing chemotherapy and his treatment has included hemoglobin and platelet transfusions. His parents Steve and Andrea Marshall support the blood drive as a way of thanking blood donors and supporting cancer patients. "When you give blood and platelets, it may seem like a small donation to you," said the Marshalls, "but to us, it is life."
Andrea has also encourages blood donations in blog posts about Hudson's treatment. She wrote, "Thankful for those who donate blood. How your view on blood donation can change in the blink of an eye when it's your baby boy hooked up to someone's selfless donation. A little of their time for a lot more time with Hudson. I can't move past how selfish I had been claiming I was 'too wimpy to give blood.' Not anymore. Nope. Never again."
Information on neuroblastoma will be available at the blood drive. Everyone who registers to donate can enter raffles for door prizes donated by sponsors, including Earth Fare, Country Inn and Suites, Olympia, and the Sinclair Community College baseball team.
CBC is offering the "Take Me Out to the Blood Drive" t-shirt as a donor gift to everyone who registers to donate Monday, March 24 through Saturday, May 3 at any CBC Donor Center and most CBC mobile blood drives.
Anyone unable to participate on April 22 has the option of donating in Baby Hudson's name Saturday, April 19 from 7 a.m. to 12 noon at the Dayton Community Blood Center, 349 South Main St., Dayton. Donors can ask about donating for Hudson Marshall when they check-in and sign a Baby Hudson registry.