School sets up blood drive for local leukemia victim

October 12, 2000

School sets up blood drive for local leukemia victim

By TARA REILLY / Staff Writer

An emergency blood drive will be held Friday in the gym at Paramount Elementary School to benefit a Hagerstown woman battling leukemia at a Houston, Tex. hospital.

The donated blood will be reserved for Ann Little Ryder, according to Paramount teacher Christina Doucette. Ryder has a fourth grade daughter, Lauren, at Paramount.

The drive will be held between 2 and 7 p.m.

Doucette organized the event, which is being called an "emergency appeal drive," with the American Red Cross of Washington County. The goal is to collect 50 pints of blood.

"One day at lunch a group of teachers were talking about Ann and what we could do," Doucette said. "The blood drive was born out of that idea."


Ryder is awaiting a bone marrow transplant at the M. D. Anderson Medical Center in Houston and needs a constant supply of blood, according to friend Joanne Evans.

"She's incredible," Evans said. "She's been battling this for several years."

Ryder, who is staying at the Homestead Village Guest Studios in Houston, could not be reached for comment.

Anyone interested in donating blood is asked to call the main office at Paramount at 301-766-8289 for an appointment.

Evans said a fund has been set up to help Ryder pay for her high health insurance costs.

"Her bills are just sky high, and she using a lot of funds," Evans said.

Donations can be made to the Ann Little Ryder Leukemia Fund, c/o Hagerstown Trust, Fund Trustee Emma Lou Davis, P.O. Box 215, Smithsburg ,Md. 21783.

Evans said donations are tax deductible through Ryder's church, Antrim Brethren in Christ Church of God in Greencastle.

"Everyone has just pulled together to see them through this," Evans said.

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