Dual Blood Drives Honor Livermore Teen

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The Livermore community blood drive and Team KC are partnering together in a dual, one-day blood drive to honor and remember Korrine Croghan, a Granada high teenager who succumbed to cancer in 2008.

Korrine Croghan

Korrine Croghan

We want to honor Korrine by dedicating our community drive to her.

On June 17, the American Red Cross will have two blood drives in Livermore, both in honor of Korrine Croghan, who required over 80 units of blood to sustain her life during a battle with a rare form of cancer.

The Team KC blood drive is hosted by Marcel Orthodontics located at 2084 4th Street in Livermore. Family and friends of Korrine will be there to welcome donors.

The bi-monthly Livermore Community blood drive is sponsored by Thomas Petty from WSI Smart Solutions, and hosted at Asbury United Methodist Church, located at 4743 East Avenue.

Those who knew Korrine are encouraged to come to either drive and donate blood. Petty said, "We want to honor Korrine by dedicating our community drive to her." Donors can sign up at http://www.redcrossblood.org and use either TeamKC or Asbury925 as the sponsor code. Each drive is from 1-7:00 p.m.

Korrine Croghan was just barely a teenager when she was diagnosed with an rare, but aggressive form of cancer, choriocarcinoma. It affects about 200 teen girls in the USA each year. She endured 10 months of an intense chemotherapeutic regimen that was designed for adult men.

Having a relatively rare A- blood type, which only 3.5% of the population has, she needed over 80 units of A- blood to help her fight for survival. Blood donations from the surrounding community literally helped her survive during those 10 months, and have more time with her friends and family. Without the blood donations, she could not have survived as long.

Dana Croghan, Korrine's mother said, "People see the importance of giving blood to help save lives and to make others feel better by their blood donations. Our blood is freely given to us, so in turn, we should freely give to others in need of our precious life saving blood."

Team KC is dedicated to supporting pediatric cancer patients and their families.

Blood donors must be 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent) and in good health. Donors should bring a form of identification such as driver's license or American Red Cross donor card. For more information, visit http://www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-REDCROSS (800-733-2767).

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