Donors give a pint for child battling cancer

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Jennifer D’Agosta, of Point Pleasant Borough, was one of many who donated blood at the Point Pleasant Moose Lodge Sept. 18 in support of a local toddler. Two-year old Charlotte was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare type of cancer found in young children. (MARK R.SULLIVAN/THE OCEAN STAR)

POINT PLEASANT — Baby Charlotte Scalese was on the minds of the many individuals who came out to the Point Pleasant Moose Lodge Wednesday to donate a pint of their blood to help save lives while raising aware- ness and support for those impacted by childhood cancer.

New Jersey Blood Services, a division of the New York Blood Center, hosted the blood drive Sept. 18 in support of the 2-year old, who earlier this year was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare type of cancer found in children 5 and under. To date, Charlotte has undergone multiple rounds of chemotherapy, including surgery to remove the tumor in her abdomen.

“I know they had lots and lots of appointments,” organizer Lisa Waddleton said. “It has been a really good turnout. I think there is going to be a really great consistent turnout. Some people just like to give blood on a regular basis in general … they just see a blood drive and decide they’re going to go, but there is a big combination of people here for the family, people here who just like to donate and people that saw it all over that don’t know the family, but have heard the story, so it is nice.”

In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, the theme for the “Blood Drive for Baby Charlotte” was Go Gold and Give Red. Walking into the Moose Lodge on River Avenue, dozens of individuals sat in chairs waiting for their chance to roll up their sleeves to put a needle in childhood cancer by donating whole blood or platelets.

“I saw it on Facebook and I don’t know the family but I saw they needed the blood for Charlotte and she is the O [blood type] … and I also saw that they were also going to give it to the Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia so I wanted to come and help,” Samantha Voss said.

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