Platelet Drive For Dax

Photo: American Red Cross

A very special American Red Cross platelet drive will be held in Washington Monday.

It will be in memory of Dax Locke, who was diagnosed with leukemia at just 15 months old. Under the care of the team at St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Dax received treatment but eventually the cancer returned and Dax passed away on December 30, 2009.

When Dax’s family put up Christmas lights before Halloween, not thinking he would live to see Christmas that year, his story started to spread in the community. Dax loved Christmas lights and his mom, Julie Locke, was determined to cherish every moment with him, even if it meant putting up Christmas lights in October. Within days, the entire community of Washington was lit up for Dax, and eventually his story spread around the world.

“We would like to see anyone and everyone who was touched by Dax’s story come and donate platelets at this special drive in memory of Dax,” said Julie Locke.

She says it’s a way to give back, when you don’t have a lot of money to give.

“It’s such a powerful donation that’s saving lives. It helps so many families get through such hard times,” said Locke.

“We would love to see anyone who has had a family member receive a platelet transfusion. Even if you are unsure about donating or cannot donate, we encourage you to stop by and see what the platelet donation process looks like.”

The Red Cross is asking anyone wanting to donate platelets in Dax’s honor to make an appointment with Stephanie at the Dax Foundation at 765-744-9844, or to visit redcrossblood.org for more information.

The event is being held at the Washington Park District gym Monday from 10:00-4:30.

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