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Elks #2331 and Community Blood Services
Hosting Blood & Platelet Drive
For 5-Year-Old Boy with Leukemia

May 10, 2014


HACKETTSTOWN, NJ - Community Blood Services and Elks Lodge #2331 are holding a blood and platelet drive on Saturday, May 10 for 5-year-old Jacob Grimes and other patients in need of life-giving blood products.

“Jakey,” who lives in Mount Arlington and attends the pre-school at Decker Elementary School in Mount Arlington, was only 22 months old when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in February 2010. After a difficult and heart-wrenching battle, Jake had his last chemotherapy treatment in April 2013. Just a month later the cancer had returned and Jake began a two-year round of chemotherapy causing him to need additional blood and platelet transfusions.

Saturday’s drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Elks lodge, 210 Mountain Avenue. Whole blood donors must be healthy, 17-75 years of age (16 with parental permission) and weigh at least 110 pounds.

Please call 201-251-3703 to schedule your donation appointment. Whole blood donors can also walk in but an appointment is needed to donate platelets.

Community Blood Services is a not-for-profit organization that provides blood and blood products to more than 18 hospitals in New York and New Jersey, such as Atlantic Health System’s hospitals which include Morristown Memorial Hospital; Hackensack University Medical Center; St. Joseph’s Healthcare System in Paterson and Wayne; and The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood.

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