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November 28--  Imagine you're seven years old and have had 113 blood transfusions in your young life!  That's why Irelynn Rose of Statesboro is coming to Vidalia next week to promote a holiday blood drive by the American Red Cross.

irelynnroseIrelynn has a rare blood disorder called Diamond Blackfan Anemia, her body does not produce red blood cells, according to her Dad, Nick, "Think about that, 113 people have donated their blood and given our daughter life and the ability to live.  Everyday, every Thanksgiving, every birthday, we're just so thankful for blood donors.  They came through, it's a miracle and we're just so thankful she is here with us today,"

Irelynn's mother, Melissa, says her daughter has been in remission for more than a half year, "Every month Irelynn got blood all of her life until the last seven months when she has gone without a transfusion.  This is a miracle because only 15 to 20% of DBA patients can go into remission. 

We don't know how long it will work and that's why we want to promote blood donations for people who need blood transfusions."

The Red Cross is making a push to gather blood for the holidays and a drive in Irelynn's name is coming up Thursday, December 7th from 12 till six p.m. in the Activities Center of the Vidalia First United Methodist Church.

Biram Chapman is a Red Cross coordinator, "I have so many stories.  I was in Soperton a couple of months ago and a middle-age guy gave and I asked him if he'd share why and he said, 'My God-daughter was in an accident and needed six units of blood.  Before then, I'd never given, but I'll never miss again," Chapman recounted.

Chapman will sign you up for the drive if you call his cell, 912-663-6721 or you can preregister at