American Red Cross Holds Blood Drive in Memory of Drew Roth
Family Members Urge Blood Donation in Celebration of Drew's Birthday
The Roth Family and the American Red Cross are holding a special blood drive in memory of Drew Roth on Tuesday, April 23, from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at 637 Davison Road in Lockport.
Drew’s parents, Colleen and Brian learned of Drew's condition, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, through an ultrasound during Colleen’s pregnancy. They were referred to a Pediatric Cardiologist and while at that appointment, the doctor found a congenital heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome that changed their lives forever. On April 23, 2007 Andrew “Drew” Patrick Roth was born by Cesarean section and after three days of being in the NICU, he was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. The Doctors and Nurses were very honest and gave his parents the news regarding Drew's medical condition and his chances of surviving a series of three surgeries.
Even through multiples surgeries, fainting episodes and emergency trips to the hospital, Drew kept fighting. Drew fought right up until he passed away on November 26, 2010. He was surrounded by his loving family and will always be remembered for the amazing little boy that he was. To honor his memory, Drew’s family has started the Drew’s Heart Foundation to raise money to give back in many ways to our community. The foundation has given preschool scholarships for the YWCA and donated Automated External Defibrillators to community programs in memory of Drew.
In celebration of Drew’s Birthday, all presenting donors at this blood drive will receive a birthday cupcake and can enter to win a Nook Color donated by Drew's Heart Foundation.*
Local blood donors are needed all 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. Your blood donation can help save the life of a real person in our community. Blood is an essential component for patient care in area hospitals, and the only source of blood is a healthy, volunteer blood donor. Walk-ins are always welcome, but donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment in advance by calling 1-800 RED CROSS or by visiting redcrossblood.org.