"The blood drive is important because anyone like me-- who needs surgery--needs blood," says Andreas, an eighth grader at Sequoia Middle School. "Otherwise, it would be impossible to have the surgery to fix my leg. It's also important for me to give back to Children's Hospital for the care I've gotten, and collect blood for other patients."
"By donating blood on September 29, you will be making a difference in the life of Andreas as well as the lives of many children at Children’s Hospital," says Jill Shaffer, executive director of the Miller Family YMCA. "There is such a constant need for blood donations at the hospital that we're hoping we'll see a lot of donors on September 29."
For Andreas, the outlook is good. "Andreas has a great team of doctors who are very optimistic he will have a full recovery," says Debbie Knickman, Andreas' mother. "It will be long and difficult road, but we also believe there will be a positive outcome."
For more information, contact Jill Shaffer at 805-480-0309 or e-mail
Miller Family YMCA
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