American Red Cross holds blood drive in memory of Savannah Rose Neffke

The American Red Cross is holding a special blood drive in memory of Savannah Rose Neffke on Tuesday, February 11, from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Dale Association at 33 Ontario Street in Lockport.

Twins, Savannah Rose and Adie Louise were born on January 14, 2013 to Colleen and Adam Neffke. Shortly after she was born, Savannah was diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot, a congenital heart defect. She was also missing the left branch of her pulmonary artery. Savannah had open heart surgery at just 17 days old and came home from the hospital on her one month birthday.

When she was six months old, Savannah started showing signs of appetite loss and she was getting sick quite frequently. A few months later Savannah’s mother, Colleen, took her into the doctor for a weight check, where she was informed that Savannah had lost weight. The doctors determined the best course of action was to perform a cardiac catheterization. Savannah’s parents took her to Strong Memorial Hospital on September 19, 2013 where doctors discovered that Savannah had developed a pseudoaneurysm. Doctors scheduled Savannah for a second open heart surgery, but it had to be postponed due to an illness. Savannah received multiple blood transfusions during both her surgery and her two hospital stays. Sadly, Savannah passed away unexpectedly on September 30, 2013, before she could receive her second heart surgery.

The Red Cross is asking eligible blood donors of all blood types to donate blood during the winter months to strengthen the community’s blood supply. Local blood donors are needed year round to ensure the blood supply stays strong.

Approximately every two seconds a patient in the United States needs blood. That’s why your blood donation through the Red Cross is so important. Walk-ins are always welcome, but donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment in advance by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or by visiting

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossBloodNY.

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