Blood Drive Will Honor Young Leukemia Patient

NORFOLK — Two bone marrow transplants, 34 blood transfusions, 67 platelet infusions.

Five-year-old Norfolk resident Khloe Papousek has endured the unthinkable in her battle against acute myeloid leukemia.  Her father, Kyle Papousek’s, co-workers at Family First Dental have watched her journey from a distance and are organizing the community to help Khloe in her fight.

They have a blood drive scheduled for December 4th.

“She’s a warrior, she’s a hero to so many of us,” Meyer said.  “This is just something small that we can do to help her fight her battle with leukemia.”

Organizers Marisa Meyer and Vicky Dendinger launched the blood drive plan.  They secured Norfolk Catholic School as the venue, it’s where Khloe would be attending kindergarten if not for her relapse.  They also coordinated with the American Red Cross and helped their coworkers distribute flyers to area businesses.

Meyer says blood banks are encountering shortages right now so donating is critical.

“It’s important.  It’s saving a life.  It’s just an hour and a half out of your day to come in and donate your blood,” Meyer said.

Donors will also have a chance to register to join the bone marrow registry at the event.  They are currently seeking volunteers.


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