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Family gives back with blood drive after transfusion saves son’s life

Published: Oct. 8, 2020 at 6:11 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - One family is giving back with a Red Cross blood drive after a donor saved their son’s life.

At 15 months old, Elliot Volker was diagnosed with a tumor that needed surgery two years ago. The blood transfusion he got helped keep him alive. His family is grateful someone took the time to donate the blood that would help Elliot.

“It obviously just means the world to us. It was honestly a matter of life and death so a quick 30-60 minutes of your time it really does make a difference,” said Elizabeth Volker, Elliot’s mother.

On Thursday, they hosted a drive at Hastings Family Chiropractic to help with the current blood shortage. His parents wanted to make sure there is enough blood locally for hospitals to continue their life-saving work.

“One of the things that we learned in the medical field is that even with all the artificial technology advancements, one of the things that can not be artificially made is blood,” Volker said. “It has to be donated so that’s one of the things we wanted to do in honor of Elliot since he received a blood transfusion.”

During the pandemic there has been a major shortage of blood because drives were canceled. The winter is often a slow time for donations so the Red Cross urges people to donate when they can. they have protective measures so blood can be collected safely.

Learn about future blood drives here.

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