Blood Drive Held For 2-Year-Old With Cancer
by Jill Johnson
April 18, 2013 3:31 PM
The Sioux Falls community had the chance to be a part of a blood drive that's taking place in six other cities across the nation on Thursday.
The blood drive at Sioux Falls Ford, is in response to a 2-year-old's fight with cancer. Signe Gaasch, a little girl from Boseman, Mont., was diagnosed with brain cancer six months ago. After receiving chemotherapy, doctors decided the treatment wasn't working. However, one of the things she's had during treatment is several blood transfusions, so Signe's parents wanted to hold a blood drive. The blood drive was put together by friends of Signe's mother, Erin Hermanson Gaasch, who grew up in sioux falls.
Signe's Grandmother Karen Kerkhove said, "Doctors kind of insinuated in early March that this was maybe going to be fast and she's great. She's running and jumping and playing and laughing and dancing and singing and doing everything that a 2-year-old should do."
Meanwhile, family and friends say they remain hopeful that Signe will survive. Their goal was to get 100 people to donate blood. With the help of a few local businesses, for every person who donates, the Gaasch Family will received $40 dollars.