DPS to have blood drive for girl

Kathryn Cargo By Kathryn Cargo

Sept. 12, 2017 at 9:27 p.m.
Updated Sept. 13, 2017 at 6:19 a.m.

Hannah Cornwell, 13, left, and Kaitlyn Jankovsky, right, at Camp Teens Living with Cancer.

Hannah Cornwell, 13, left, and Kaitlyn Jankovsky, right, at Camp Teens Living with Cancer.   contributed photo for The Victoria Advocate

The Department of Public Safety is hosting a blood drive Thursday to help a 13-year-old Victoria girl battle leukemia.

All blood donated from the blood drive will be given to the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center for use and will be credited toward Hannah Cornwell to help with medical expenses, said Lt. Richard Jankovsky, of the Department of Public Safety.

"During the treatment process, the chemotherapy kills all the cells, good or bad," Jankovsky said. "(Patients) go through a lot of blood. This blood drive would offset her costs for that blood. (She'll) get credit for every unit that is donated."

Last year, the DPS hosted a blood drive to help Jankovsky's daughter, Kaitlyn Jankovsky, 16, who battled leukemia. Kaitlyn took her last chemotherapy treatment in November but won't be deemed cured until she's cancer-free for five years. She also had a complete hip replacement in December because of the chemotherapy treatment.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and many people are not aware of the effect the disease has on children, Jankovsky said.

About 12 percent of the children diagnosed with cancer don't live, and more than 40,000 children undergo cancer treatment each year, according to CureSearch for Children's Cancer, a national nonprofit foundation whose mission it is to fund and support children's cancer research.


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