Blood drive collects 86 pints in honor of Nathan Pennington

By Marshanna Hester

September 12, 2013 Updated Sep 13, 2013 at 10:58 AM CDT

WASHINGTON, Ill. -- The community exceeded expectations to help a 5-year-old cancer patient fight his disease.

A blood drive held in honor of Nathan Pennington on Tuesday collected 86 pints of blood.  The goal was 38 pints.

Nathan is undergoing chemotherapy following the removal of three tumors caused by an aggressive form of brain cancer.

He's had multiple life-saving blood transfusions and the blood collected will help him and others in dire need.

"The need for blood is constant. Every two seconds, someone in America needs a blood transfusion and the Red Cross needs to collect 17,000 pints of blood a day to help meet patient needs," said Ben Corey, communications program manager for the local American Red Cross. "But putting a face like Nathan's to this cause really helps out and it really demonstrates to people just how important it is."

All blood types are needed, but the Red Cross says there is an urgent need for O negative, B negative and A negative blood.

To donate, call 1-800-Red-Cross or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

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