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April 28, 2014

Teen’s blood drive to help so many

emann@pvdemocrat.com — It isn’t very far one has to look to see an example of how much one Pauls Valley teen means to area residents.

An example of this proof was at a blood drive held this week for Abigail Gamble, who has for the past few months been battling leukemia.

What is even more remarkable than the droves of donors that flocked to the First Baptist Church is how countless others are going to benefit from it as well.

“People usually donate because their parents did, but the people who don’t, donate when they know someone like that. We get a lot of first time donors,” said Tessa Green, senior account manager for the Oklahoma Blood Institute.

“They’ll turn into lifetime donors because they know Abby. It helps us build a new database.”

To put it in perspective how much the benefit will spread from this blood drive alone, as many as 80 people donate to something like this and out of that, 200 other patients can be served, said Green.

It is important to note that while this drive helps the family, the blood itself won’t go directly to Abigail. Those in need of blood often get transfusions from a three-day supply.

“The blood we need is already there, we just have to fill and keep that constant influx,” said Green. “She’s one of 700 we serve a day. It’s really about awareness.”

The benefit instead will be credits that can lessen the cost of getting what Abigail has needed the most, which are platelets. It’s basically the thing that keeps someone from bleeding.

“She’s having to have platelets daily, so they are going to exchange unit per unit with platelets and blood,” said Sandy Goggans, who coordinated the blood drive at the local church.

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