A ‘Team Colin’ Red Cross blood drive to be held in honor of local leukemia survivor on Sunday.

The community is invited to give blood in honor of Colin Bowser at a special American Red Cross blood drive Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. at the Reminderville Athletic Club, 3100 Glenwood Blvd., Reminderville.

In September 2018, Colin was diagnosed with leukemia. During treatment for the disease, he received several blood transfusions. His diagnosis came exactly one year after he suffered cardiac arrest during a routine football practice. He is now in the maintenance stage of leukemia.

"We have been so blessed by those who donated and helped Colin get through treatment," said Colin’s mother, Nikkie Huisman. "Now, we want to be a blessing to others fighting life-threatening illnesses."

Colin’s family and friends hope to raise awareness about the constant for blood and platelets. Cancer patients may need blood products on a regular basis during chemotherapy, surgery or treatment for complications.

"Hosting this blood drive in honor of Colin is a wonderful way to remind the community about the need for blood," said Lawrence Stepp, account manager for the Northern Ohio Blood Services Region of the Red Cross. "We hope the community will join us and help ensure blood is available for patients in need."

Every two seconds in the United States blood is needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. The Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 blood and platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,500 hospitals nationwide.

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age?in most states?(16 with parental consent?where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

For more information about donating blood, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 800-733-2767.