Victoria resident works with MDAnderson to host a blood drive to assist her mom

Over 60 people signed up for the blood drive at Cade Middle School

June 16, 2021 2:41 PM

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Posted: Jun 16, 2021 2:41 PM

Updated: June 20, 2021 9:18 PM

VICTORIA, Texas – Victoria resident Shannon Spree has partnered with MD Anderson Cancer Center to set up a blood drive in Victoria after her mother, Carol Spree, was diagnosed with leukemia four weeks ago.

Leukemia is a rare cancer of the blood-forming tissues that affects the body’s ability to fight off infection.

Carol Spree, a longtime nurse, was transferred to MD Anderson in Houston and received multiple blood transfusions

Shannon says her mother was worried about taking so much blood for herself when she knew others needed the blood, too.

“She was worried about drawing so much blood from people and I think you need it now, we’ll find a way to give something back. So I contacted the people at MD Anderson and they helped me organize this blood drive so we could give something back to other cancer patients and my mother, ”says Shannon Spree, organizer of the blood drive.

There is currently a persistent national shortage of blood donations. Doctors at MD Anderson encourage people to donate to help patients.

“We have a chronic shortage and it’s not just us here at MD Anderson, it’s the whole city, the state and the country, it’s a situation across the country and that’s why we need donors to help our patients Donating blood helps. “Says Dr. Fernando Martinez, Department of Laboratory Medicine at MD Anderson.

Shannon says over 60 people have registered for today’s blood drive and is hoping to send 60 units of blood back to Houston.

To find out how to donate blood here in Victoria, visit SouthTexasBlood

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