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Red Cross Blood drive today in Williamsport

November 12, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

Today's American Red Cross blood drive in Williamsport is calling attention to 18-year-old Sarah Roseberry, a recent Williamsport High School graduate who is battling cancer.

The bloodmobile will be stationed at the Williamsport American Legion from 1 to 7 p.m. today. The goal is 75 units.

Sarah's mother, Teresa Roseberry Obitts, said blood drives such as this one are critical for Sarah and the other oncology patients at Johns Hopkins Hospital who otherwise would not get the lifesaving blood transfusions they need throughout their treatment.

Sarah has already needed numerous transfusions and is getting ready for a 100-day stay next week at Hopkins for her bone marrow transplant, Obitts said. During that time, she will need many more transfusions.

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"It is Sarah and my hope to try and give back a little to the Red Cross in bringing attention to their drive this week for much-needed blood donations. They and the donors are truly the silent heroes for these children and their fight against cancer," Obitts said.

At 13, Sarah was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a cancerous brain tumor, after two years of severe vomiting and headaches. After being diagnosed in September 1997, she immediately was admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital for a six-month stay that included brain surgery.

After 38 radiation treatments to her brain, a second surgery and learning to walk, Sarah returned to school.

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