Killeen family hosts Red Cross blood drive in honor of 22-month old son

Mason TebbetsA local Killeen family is hosting a blood drive on Thursday, Jan. 22, in honor of their 22-month old son who received a blood transfusion during treatment of a genetic condition.

As an infant, Mason Tebbetts was experiencing multiple seizures a day before he was diagnosed with Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), a rare genetic condition that causes non-malignant tumors to form on vital organs. In November 2014, Mason underwent two brain surgeries to remove a cluster of tumors on his brain and required a blood transfusion to help replenish his blood supply.

“If not for generous blood donors, Mason may not have received the blood he needed during surgery,” said Dorothy Tebbetts, Mason’s mother. “Since the surgery, Mason is like a new little boy — he can now learn and reach milestones.”

The Tebbetts family is seeking the support of the Killeen community in order to raise awareness of the constant need for blood.

Donate Blood in Honor of Mason Tebbetts

Thu.,Jan. 22

10:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.

First Baptist Church, 3310 W.S. Young Dr., Killeen

To schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visit redcrossblood.org and use the sponsor code mason or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

“Mason may need more blood transfusions as more tumors are removed,” commented Tebbetts. “Regardless of whether Mason needs more transfusions, blood is still needed for others who rely on transfusions for treatment. Please consider giving blood to help someone in need.”

The seasonal flu epidemic and inclement weather in parts of the country are impacting the ability of blood donors to give resulting in an approximate 15 percent shortfall in blood donations needed to maintain a sufficient blood supply.The Red Cross urges healthy, eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood in the coming days and weeks. Donors of all blood types are needed, particularly O negative, B negative and A negative.

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.

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Killeen family hosts Red Cross blood drive in honor of 22-month old son

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