Blood Drive Held In Bucyrus For Man Diagnosed With Lymphoma

  • 1/14/2019 9:30:11 PM
  • Jenna Ramolt
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BUCYRUS, OH - The Bucyrus Community gathered together at the Bucyrus Elementary School on Monday afternoon to help donate blood for one of their own. Steve Hoover, an active member in the Bucyrus schools community and formerly a frequent blood donor, was recently diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.

"The goal today is to help replenish the daily need for blood," explained Diane Kaple, a coordinator for the blood drive. "There's an every-day need for people receiving chemo because it takes away the bad cells as well as the good."

Hoover will undergo twelve transfusions of blood and platelets during his treatment, which the Bucyrus community banded together to help donate. The initial estimate of how many units of blood to be used was seven but increased to twelve within a month and a half.

"You know, you don't think about all the people that it helps, but it helps an enormous amount of people," said Deb Hoover, Steve's wife. "Steve was a blood donor his whole life. Now, he's on the receiving end. It's important for him. The chemo destroys the blood cells. (The donated blood) takes over until his own body can manufacture the cells that they need."

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