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Two events in Suwanee to help fight childhood cancer

SUWANEE -- Two events this week are designed to help the fight against childhood cancer.

The Morning View subdivision in Suwanee will have a fundraiser Thursday night at its swim team's meet against Hamilton Mill. On Friday, the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at the neighborhood clubhouse. Three children in the Morning View neighborhood have been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. It's a coincidence that the events are the same week as World Blood Donor Day, which is Friday, said Kim Boone, who organized the blood drive after one was held last year for her daughter, Abby, who has battled ALL.

Melissa Chaffin Barton, a donor recruitment account manager with the American Red Cross, coordinated with Boone to put on the events.

"They saw the need of the blood drives because of all of the transfusions these kids have had," Barton said.

Abby Boone, 9, was diagnosed when she was 8, while Cole Carter, 11, was diagnosed at 5, and Elena Tate, 13, was diagnosed three years ago, and suffered a relapse in February.

"She's the one we're focusing on," Barton said.

Boone said she only knew of the other families in the neighborhood before her daughter was diagnosed, but didn't know them well. That changed after the diagnosis.

"Both were at my door within a 24-hour period," she said. "It's so helpful to lean on, vent, talk to, cry on. It's like another set of family."

Boone said the swim meet at 6 p.m. on Thursday would have t-shirts, bracelets, baked goods and a raffle to raise money to fight leukemia. Tickets will also be sold for the swim coaches to perform stunts in the pool. The event will also be an "orange out" as attendees are encouraged to wear orange clothes, because orange is the official color of leukemia.

Proceeds will go to CURE, a non-profit cancer research foundation dedicated to finding cures for childhood cancer.

The event was scheduled with Hamilton Mill because Boone said each team has about 200 members.

The blood drive will be from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday. Barton said the traditional summer blood shortage came earlier this year. The blood types especially needed are O, B and A-negative, Barton said.

The goal is to have 60 pints donated at the event, she said.

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amitchelw 1 year, 10 months ago

There is a third event as well at the Wild Timber vs. Edinburgh Swim Meet

More info about the Purple Out from Wild Timber

Thursday night's meet is a special one for us. We are honoring one of our past swimmers, Hanna Slater, who is currently battling ALL Leukemia. We will be having a Purple Out on Thursday and coloring the pool with dye. The dye is safe, won't stain kids or suits and the swimmers will still be able to see under water. We did it last year and had GCSL permission.

Here is a write up about Hanna, pass on along:

At our swim meet on June 14th, Hanna Slater, a rising 8th grade student at NGMS, will be selling candy bars to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). The candy bars will be selling for $2 each with 100% percent of the funds going to benefit the LLS Light the Night Walk for Team Hanna’s Hero’s.

Last summer Hanna was diagnosed with ALL Leukemia. Hanna has spent the last 12 months enduring intense daily chemotherapy, blood transfusions, lumbar punctures and over 8 weeks of in-patient hospitals stays with little to no complaints – her strength and positive attitude has been amazing. We’re happy to say that though her treatments will continue until the fall of 2013, Hanna is currently in remission and feeling stronger every day.If you would like to learn more/make a donation/ or join her team for the Light the Night Walk on September 22nd, 2012, please visit her team webpage at http://pages.lightthenight.org/ga/nmetro12/hannasheros. Hanna is also seeking corporate support for her walk and will place your company logo on her team shirt.

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