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Community gives blood to support resident diagnosed with leukemia

Community gives blood to help resident diagnosed with Leukemia (Photo: Amber Draper/KTVO)

A Heartland woman diagnosed with leukemia received full support from community members Saturday afternoon.

21- year-old Ashley Meyer was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010.

“At that point in time we didn’t really know too much about blood donations, but part of the cancer treatment causes them to get anemic and need blood donations."said Ashley's mother Carla Meyer

Several times, Ashley had to wait for supplies because there were none available for her in Kirksville.

“It was a very difficult time to see your child need platelets or red blood because it could cause her blood to bleed out or she would be really tired," Carla said.

Carla decided to take action, and turned a negative into a positive.

The Meyer family teamed up the The American Red Cross in honor of Ashley.

“We wanted to make a difference. We think it’s very important that people give blood. It doesn’t cost anything to donate," said Carla.

Carla says the partnership helps encourage people to give blood for people who need it the most.

She says it's an easy thing to do to help people in the community and make a difference in someone's life.

“It’s very important to me it’s just a cause I believe in and my whole family gets behind me and shows up," Carla said.
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