American Red Cross to hold blood drive in honor of Cooper Levine

The American Red Cross is holding a special blood drive in honor of Cooper Levine on December 30, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Oswego American Legion at 69 W. Bridge St., Oswego.

In the fall of 2013, Cooper Levine started his freshman year at Ithaca College.

During a visit, his mother thought he looked pale and asked him to visit the health center for blood tests. She thought he might be anemic. Upon receipt of the results, he was immediately sent to Cayuga Hospital where his parents were informed that Cooper could have either lymphoma or leukemia. In an effort to stabilize his condition, Cooper was given blood transfusions that first day at the hospital.

The next day, Cooper was transferred to Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital at SUNY Upstate, in Syracuse. On September 10, Cooper was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

Cooper remained in the hospital for seven weeks and during that time he received regular platelet and red blood cell transfusions. Cooper is now undergoing chemotherapy treatments and will continue to receive treatment for his Leukemia for the next four years.

“Before Cooper’s diagnosis, I had never given blood, but started giving blood this past October after having that experience with my son. Our family has come to realize the value and importance of blood donation because it helped save Cooper’s life,” said Trish Levine.

Local blood donors are needed all year round to ensure the blood supply stays strong.

Approximately every two seconds a patient in the United States needs blood. That’s why your blood donation through the Red Cross is so important.

Your blood donation can help save the life of a real person in our community, like Cooper.

Blood is an essential component for patient care in area hospitals, and the only source of blood is a healthy, volunteer blood donor.

Walk-ins are always welcome, but donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment in advance by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or by visiting

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossBloodNY.