A blood drive Thursday at Alton Middle School is being dedicated to a couple of students fighting leukemia. Blood donations to the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center that day will not only go to restock supplies, but also as a show of support for the two students battling the cancer. One was diagnosed last year, while the other has only been fighting for a couple of months.
Amy Cotton, health teacher at the middle school, says both students’ spirits remain high.
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She says for each unit of blood donated, three people can benefit. That’s because a unit can be broken down into plasma, platelets and the actual blood. A leukemia patient can go through 20 units of blood or more during the course of treatment. The blood drive runs from 3:30pm-7:30pm, and is open to the public.