11-month-old girl's life depends on blood donations - WKRN News 2

11-month-old girl's life depends on blood donations

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Emily Rodgers has a very rare blood disorder and needs transfusions once a month just to survive. Emily Rodgers has a very rare blood disorder and needs transfusions once a month just to survive.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A blood drive will be held this Monday, Memorial Day, for an 11-month-old Dickson County girl with a genetic blood disease.

Emily Rogers has Thalassemia, or Cooley’s Anemia, a disease so rare she is the only person in Middle Tennessee with the condition.

Just to survive, Emily needs blood transfusions once a month.

Two months ago, the blood bank did not have enough O+ blood to cover Emily’s needs. 

Now the Rodgers family is asking everyone to give the gift of life, something they had not thought about before having Emily.

“It's amazing because right after this happened, we were at a restaurant and overhead people talking about giving blood and we just turned around and thanked them because we know the importance of how much it's needed,” said Emily’s mother, Jennifer Rodgers.

The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive in honor of Emily on Memorial Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rock Springs Freewill Baptist Church.

News 2 is also partnering with the Red Cross for four blood drives in Middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky on Friday.  The locations and times are as follows:

Red Cross Center in Nashville
2201 Charlotte Avenue
7:15 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.

RiverGate Mall in Goodlettsville
1000 RiverGate Mall
1 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Red Cross Mobile Site in Bowling Green
1021 Wilkinson Trace
1 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Governor’s Square Mall in Clarksville
2801 Wilma Rudolph Boulevard
1 p.m. - 7 p.m.

To make an appointment, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Read more about Cooley’s Anemia at Thalassemia.org.
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