Gift of Life: Summer means less blood for the American Red Cross

DAILY HERALD  | Braley Dodson
Across Utah County, there are people waiting for donations, whether it is a needed organ, bone marrow or blood that will save their lives. Others have given these life-saving donations to complete strangers. Gift of Life highlights those involved in the medical donation process.

April Standring’s daughter Mazy is a typical little girl. She likes princesses, is obsessed with Minnie Mouse and is really into “Trolls” right now.

“She is like any 2-, almost 3-year-old girl,” Standring said. “She runs around and gets in my makeup and jumps on my bed, and she’s a little tornado everywhere. And you wouldn’t know she’s sick unless you saw her bald head.”

Mazy, one of four siblings, was diagnosed with high-risk b-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia in February. That same month, the American Fork girl was admitted to the hospital and received a handful of blood and platelet transfusions.

That came as a shock to Standring, who didn’t know prior to the diagnosis that chemotherapy destroys platelet counts and requires additional blood. Continue reading

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