CAMERON PARK — BloodSource will hold a blood donation and marrow registry drive on Sunday, March 23, from noon to 5 p.m. at Blue Oak Elementary School, 2391 Merrychase Way in Cameron Park.
Participants will receive a T-shirt. Walk-ins are welcome and childcare is provided.
The drive celebrates the legacy of Trevor Kott who would have celebrated his seventh birthday this year. Many remember the adorable little boy diagnosed with leukemia shortly after birth and the region-wide effort to find a marrow match. Blood transfusions helped Trevor survive during the ongoing search, but he did not survive his disease; a marrow match was never found.
“A large piece of Trevor’s legacy has been in giving hope to others through blood donation and Be The Match which is the national marrow registry,” said Angela Kott, Trevor’s mother. “Our family celebrates with joy what Trevor has been able to do for others.”
Seven years ago, when the Kott family was searching for a marrow match for Trevor, more than 10,000 people were touched by Trevor’s story and joined Be The Match registry. Almost 2,000 of these registrants lined up at Blue Oak Elementary School in Cameron Park and waited patiently for the opportunity to offer hope to the 12,000 people who search Be The Match registry each day for their second chance at life. Twelve people were confirmed as final matches, including Jenny Asay Dodson from Sacramento, who saved a 17-year-old’s life. Also two members of regional fire/police agencies were matches and saved lives through their marrow donation.
Seven years later, this legacy blood and marrow drive for Trevor Kott is a way to reach out to community members who are eligible to donate blood and/or join Be The Match marrow registry.
About blood donation
Donating blood is safe, easy and takes about an hour. Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, be at least 17 years old (16 with a signed BloodSource parental consent form) and be generally healthy. There is no upper age limit for blood donations. Donors must bring a photo ID and should eat well and drink plenty of fluids before donating.
Potential marrow donors must be ages 18-44 and can register for Be The Match national marrow registry through BloodSource.