Giving from the Heart on Giving Tuesday
November 30, 2015 – Two-year-old Emily Grace was born with the genetic blood disorder beta thalassemia major, or Cooley’s anemia. Even at her young age, she depends on blood transfusions every 4 weeks in order to survive.
But Emily Grace is a fighter, and she comes from a family and entire community of people with a culture of fighting for what they care about. This is why Emily Grace’s mother, Jennifer, organizes blood drives and fundraisers year-round in her town of Charlotte, Tennessee.
Now, Charlotte is a small town, and many people don’t have too much to give—but that doesn’t stop this community from donating blood and giving what they can to help. This year alone, the community raised over $23,000 in honor of Emily Grace and other patients with thalassemia.
This community knows that when you give from the heart as a community, the impossible becomes possible. Here at the Cooley’s Anemia Foundation, we know this is true because many of the amazing advances in medical treatment options we have today were thought impossible 15 years ago. They are now a reality as a direct result of support from individuals and communities who care.
On behalf of little Emily Grace and thalassemia patients across the country, thank you! Our work would not be possible without you.