March 6, 2017

Blood drive aims to collect 55 lifesaving pints


Fifty-five units of blood helped save Justine Seibel’s life while she was undergoing treatment for Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. Now, the 18-year-old Auburn University freshman hopes to collect 55 units of blood to help save the lives of others in her community.

Justine’s mother, Christine Farinick, will host a blood drive with the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas in her honor from 1-4 p.m. March 12 at Baxter Village Heath Center. The drive is also in honor of Libby Kern and Wren Jansen. Libby was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2010 and underwent surgeries and treatment to reduce its size. Wren was diagnosed with A.L.L. six months ago and is undergoing treatment. The drive is also in memory of Jewell Hook, who lost her battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in 2013.

“Our goal of 55 pints was basically the amount it took to save Justine’s life during her leukemia treatments,” Christine said.

Justine and Christina became involved with the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas when Justine was undergoing treatment from 2010-12. CBCC is the primary blood supplier to the region’s hospitals, including Levine Children’s Hospital, where Justine spent countless hours receiving chemotherapy and blood and platelet transfusions.

Justine was a patient story for the local, nonprofit blood center, and she has now been in remission for four years. Her mother made a choice to give back to CBCC and the community by hosting the blood drive because she truly understands how important blood donation is.

“Blood donation does not just impact the patient,” Christine said. “It can save a patient’s life, but it also actually really impacts the family. Because without that blood, that patient will not be here.”

A single blood donation can help save up to three lives, and blood donations made with CBCC are used to treat patients in the region’s hospitals, according to their website. Local blood donors will be able to see the direct impact their donations have made on their community if they come out to the drive, Christine said.

“You can see the transformation in Justine,” she said. “Her photo was used in promotional things at CBCC when she was going through treatments. She didn’t have any hair at the time. Now you can see her 3-foot-long hair at this blood drive.”

Christine encourages anyone who is eligible to donate blood. She also encourages anyone who is willing to host a blood drive.

CBCC will set up Community Bloodmobiles at Baxter Village Health Center at 1171 Market St. in Fort Mill for the blood drive March 12. According to the CBCC website, the blood donation process takes about an hour, and if you are at least 16 years old, weigh at least 120 pounds and are in good health, there is a good chance you will be able to donate.

Appointments can be made at or Walk-ins are also welcome.

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