By Greg Gullberg
Aug 15, 2013
Valdosta, GA - Five year old Addison Seacrist has been fighting Leukemia since she was diagnosed just one year ago.
It's been a tough battle on her and her family, but doctors say she's winning. In the course of her treatment Addison has undergone 12 blood transfusions. Now the Seacrist family wants to give back by asking the community to donate blood.
"Every time Addison has needed blood for her low blood counts it's because somebody else has given blood that she's able to have that blood," said Jason Seacrist, Addison's Father.
Dozens of Valdosta residents gave blood Thursday at CrossPointe Church in Valdosta. It was organized by the groups "Quota International of Valdosta" and "South Georgia Rivers Sam's RV Club".
Quota has been holding these blood drives for the past five years, since it was inspired by the founder's grandson.
"This all got started because my grandson was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2009. He's in Atlanta. He's doing well now. He's 16," said Linda Tillman of Quota International of Valdosta.
It only takes about ten minutes to donate blood. And it can save up to three lives. For someone like Addison, that can make all the difference.
Addison's father says she still has a long road ahead. But she'll come out on top.
"The doctor's statement directly to me was he expects me to be able to dance at her wedding," said Jason Seacrist.
If you didn't make it out to the blood drive but want to help, you still can. Just set up an appointment with your local red cross location.