Help Others by Giving Blood
Imagine being susceptible to infection so frequently that you’re sick on a regular basis. Pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections, and bacterial infections become the norm. While symptoms may differ from person to person, those with Primary Immunodeficiency Disease have to live differently than most.
Four years ago, we met adorable Violet who is now nine-years old and her brother Ian who is seven-years old. Violet and Ian have both been diagnosed with a Primary Immunodeficiency Disease which requires the two to receive an intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) infusion into the blood every other week. Due to their frequent recurrence of chronic infections, which cannot be readily controlled with antibiotics, Violet and Ian travel to Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles on a biweekly basis to receive their immunoglobulin treatment. One IVIG administered for one child requires over 100 blood donors’ blood plasma, therefore every person’s blood donation counts, not only for Violet and Ian but also for others who suffer with this disease.
Violet and Ian’s mother, Barb Smith, along with her family are reaching out to the community for your support. “There is no cure for this genetic disease but there is treatment. I put on an annual blood drive along with Red Cross to not only help my kids but also to help others,” states Barb. The blood drive will be on Saturday, February 10 at Grace Baptist Church, which is located at 22833 Copper Hill Drive in Santa Clarita. It will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. To schedule an appointment for the blood drive, visit red cross blood.org and enter sponsor code: VIOLETANDIAN or contact Barb Smith at 661-373-8458.
For more information about primary immunodeficiency disorder, visit www.primaryimmune.org.
photo courtesy Anna Goetz Photography
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