In October 2013, two days before she turned one, Pippa Larsen, child of a faculty member at Tabor Academy, was unexpectedly diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (A.L.L.). She immediately began a two-year chemotherapy treatment at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Her treatment involved many blood and platelet transfusions, more than the family can count! It is now the wish of Pippa’s family to give back in the form of a blood drive to benefit those receiving cancer treatments at the Dana Farber. Ginger Larsen says, “There is no gift more valuable than donating this gift of life for both children and adults in need.”
The Kraft Family Blood Donor Center provides blood for Dana Farber (including The Jimmy Fund) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Please join the Tabor community and the Larsen Family on Monday, March 2 at Tabor Academy for a blood drive to benefit The Kraft Family Blood Donor Center. Many families from the Southcoast of Massachusetts (and all around New England) make the trip to Dana Farber for their cancer care, so the impact of your gift may even be felt locally!
The blood drive will be held March 2 in the Blood Mobile parked in the Fish Center for Health and Athletics Parking Lot at Tabor Academy at 256 Front Street, Marion. To make a blood donation, either stop by the Blood Mobile on March 2 or call 508-291-8375 to make an appointment for a specific time between 9:30 am and 3:30 pm. (A photo ID is required to donate blood and you must be at least 17 years of age and weigh at least 110 pounds.)
On the day of the drive, photo ID required, drink extra water the day before and of donation, and eat before donating.