community blood center

The community is invited to give blood in memory of Nora Rose Akins during a blood drive going on now through Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Gladstone Community Blood Donor Center, 7265 N. Oak Trafficway.

Nora Rose was born with a rare liver disease called Biliary atresia. At 7 weeks old, she underwent a 7-hour surgery to try to restore the flow of bile from her liver, according to a press release. The surgery was unsuccessful and Nora received multiple blood transfusions and was added to the liver transplant list but passed away at 11 months old.

“We are beyond grateful for the extra time we were able to spend with her,” said Lauren Akins, Nora’s mother. “It’s all due to the advances in medical technology and to the blood products that were available to her. We’re asking the community to join us in paying it back to our community.”

To make an appointment, visit savealifenow.org or call 753-4040. Community Blood Center must collect nearly 600 units of blood daily to maintain the local blood supply. About one in seven hospital admissions requires a blood transfusion, states the release.