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Blood drive honors young cancer survivor
KALAMAZOO COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – On Saturday a group of people came together to try and save lives.
A special blood drive was held in honor of young boy whose battle with cancer is inspiring others to give back.
They came out to the Apple Tree Learning Center in Texas Township in droves, including first time donors, giving of their time and their blood.
It was all in celebration of 11-year-old Jacob Crump of Portage who has been fighting Ewing’s Sarcoma bone cancer. That cancer is now in remission.
“Little did we know, often cancer treatments wipe out all the good components of their blood and they require blood transfusions,” said Jody Crump, Jacob’s mother. “So this is kind of our way of giving back the blood we took from the blood bank.”
During his battle with cancer, chemotherapy treatments that at times kept him for five days at the hospital forced Jacob to miss seven months of school at 12th Street Elementary. Organizers of Saturday’s blood drive tell Newschannel 3 that it takes a village to help save a child and his family.
“Community has been vital, not only in Jacob’s treatment, but in sanity of keeping the family together,” said organizer Toby Ward. “From people cooking them meals to people taking care of Emma, the littlest one.”
Donors at the event were also signing up on the bone marrow registry, another step in donating the gift of life, while also bringing attention to a disease that effects almost every West Michigan family in some way.
“We need to find a cure, we need to put more time and energy and money into finding a cure for kids’ cancer,” said Jody. “Our kids are the future, and thank everybody for coming out and donating today.”
Jacob’s family is also encouraging people to come out to the Celery Flats in Portage on May 18th for a cancer walk sponsored by Cure-Search.