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Blood Drive Held in Honor of 11-Year-Old Sean Patterson

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Sean Patterson, 11, is just like any other normal kid. He likes to ride his bike and play baseball.

But he has a primary immune deficiency which means he basically doesn't have an immune system.

On Wednesday a blood drive was held at the Benedum Civic Center to help Patterson, and the many others affected by this condition.

"He is required to have a blood product transfused in an infusion every week, those antibodies give him a full working immune system for a whole week,” said Amy Patterson, Sean’s mother.

"My blood cells don't function right, so I have to have these infusions every week to keep me alive,” explained Sean.

In fact Sean was infusing during the blood drive. Patterson said this allows her son to live a relatively normal life.

But these infusions are costly, and it takes a lot of blood donors to make them possible.

"Sean relies on amazing blood donors every single week. It takes thousands of blood donors to make one infusion, one weekly infusion of his blood product, so we need donors in order for him to live, and other people that suffer from primary immune deficiencies are in the same situation,” explained Patterson.

More than 60 reservations were made to give blood on Wednesday, and walk-ins were welcome.

"Anyone that wishes to give blood today we would be so grateful. We are looking to hopefully by the end of the day have 100 pints collected, that's our goal,” Patterson said.

Another goal of the Patterson's is to raise awareness about the condition.

"Is it just another infection? If you have so many serious infections like pneumonia a year we ask that you be tested, that your immune system be tested. We're trying to raise awareness in the community for primary immune deficiencies, that there are people living in the community that have these diseases,” Patterson explained.

Patterson said any blood donations can help, and monetary donations are also accepted.

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