WEEK/WHOI blood drive this Friday

By WEEK Producer

December 19, 2013 Updated Dec 19, 2013 at 10:43 PM CDT

EAST PEORIA, Ill. -- Every two seconds, someone across the nation is need of a blood transfusion.

The Grafton family knows that first hand. Allie, 7, was diagnosed with a blood disorder at age 3.

Her parent's, Adam and Stephanie, had did not know of the illness until Allie's blood count fell to a dangerous level.

That day, Allie underwent three blood transfusions. Since then, she must get a transfusion every two months.

Now, the Grafton's youngest child, one-year-old Annabelle, has been diagnosed with the same blood disorder.

"Allie and Annabelle's story represents just how much blood donation really are needed," said Ben Corey of the Red Cross. "Especially this time of year as donations tend to decline during the winter months, as people become busy with holiday travel, holiday shopping and they are combating season illness...donations do tend to decline."

Join WEEK/WHOI on Friday for a holiday blood drive at our East Peoria studio (2907 Springfield Road) from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Walk-ins are welcome or you can schedule an appointment online at www.redcrossblood.org.