Posted on 05/08/2018
One year and 19 blood transfusions after becoming seriously ill and being diagnosed with a rare blood disorder called Auto Immune Hemolytic Anemia (AIHA), little Henry Heckenberg, a.k.a. “Superman Henry” is feeling much better approaching his third birthday. His family called on all superheroes, even those without capes, to help celebrate by taking part in a blood drive and marrow registry drive.
“We decided instead of a party, let’s do something that’s giving back,” Henry’s mom, Brittany Heckenberg said. “For those who’ve been with us on this journey, kids like Henry, let’s do something for them.”
In all, 50 people came out to give blood at Saturday's Superman Henry blood drive at Keller Williams Downtown and took part in the kids' carnival Henry's family organized. In addition, Bonfils’ Marrow Program registered 13 potential new donors to the Be The Match® Registry including Captain America. You can still join online: Join.BetheMatch.org/SupermanHenry
Donors can still give in Henry's honor at any of Bonfils’ eight community donor centers and mention "Superman Henry." Walk-in or make an appointment. Call 303.363.2300 or make an appointment online:
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Bonfils Blood Center is boosting the number of mobile blood drives across Colorado over the next few weeks and encouraging donors to give blood now to help ensure a safe and ready supply into the summer months, when donations can drop significantly. This summer will pose an added challenge, as Bonfils will be changing computer systems, and as a result, during June and July, many blood drives are canceled so staff can be trained on the new system. Donors who would typically give blood at a mobile blood drive in that time frame will be encouraged to give blood at one of Bonfils’ eight community donor centers instead to help prevent a critical shortage.
New and existing blood donors are encouraged to donate at least three times per year to meet the daily needs of patients all across Colorado and beyond. It’s the blood already on the shelf that saves lives in an emergency in addition to all the anticipated needs to help patients through surgeries and various blood disorder treatments.