Local Elementary Hosts Blood Drive To Honor Student

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Washington Elementary hosted a special Red Cross Blood Drive in honor of second grade student Krystal Castorena.

Krystal, like many other people across Kansas, need blood, platelets and other blood products every day to save their lives.

Over spring break, 8-year-old Krystal woke up covered in bruises. Her parents took her to the emergency room and later discovered Krystal had cancer. She was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL).

Almost immediately, the Castorena family jumped into treatment mode. Krystal started chemotherapy which she will receive every two weeks for at least the next six months up to two years. Every week, she goes in to get her "white counts" checked to make sure she's doing okay. So far, Krystal has used platelets and has received four blood transfusions.

Amazingly, after just a few weeks, she started back to school part time and by May 11, had completed her first full week back at school.

The Washington Elementary Blood Drive was held this afternoon in the Washington Elementary School Cafeteria.

The blood drive was the idea of Krystal's teacher, Ms. Rebecca Gehrer.

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