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September 23, 2018

Give Blood In Honor Of Local College Student and Cancer Survivor


OSWEGO, NY – Cooper Levine is like most college students when it comes to enjoying “campus life.”

But there are two things that set him apart from the rest – his strength and determination.

It’s been a little over a year, since Cooper was diagnosed with a form of leukemia and in his honor, a special blood drive will be held on December 30 at the Oswego Elks Lodge.

Cooper Levine is happy to be attending classes at Ithaca College once again, but the journey back to college has not been an easy one. In the fall of 2013, Cooper was a freshman at Ithaca College when he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

Cooper spent more than two months in the hospital following his diagnosis and had two life-saving operations which delayed his college career.

“Numerous blood and platelet transfusions were required in the first year of Cooper’s treatment of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia,” said Trish Levine, Cooper’s mother. “He returned to Ithaca College this past fall and treatment continues for three more years. We are so thankful for the American Red Cross and have become regular donors.”

Cooper’s family and friends are now encouraging eligible high school and college students, and residents in the Oswego community and surrounding areas to join them to honor Cooper by giving blood.

Donate blood in honor of Cooper Levine from noon to 6 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 132 W. Fifth St.

To make an appointment to donate, download the new Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Give something that means something this holiday season and give blood in honor of Cooper Levine. Patients don’t get a holiday from needing blood and the only source of blood is a healthy, volunteer blood donor.

One blood donation can help save up to three lives. All presenting donors at this special blood drive will receive a long sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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