Hudson Harloff’s body isn’t able to produce red blood cells, so every couple of weeks the toddler needs a blood transfusion to stay alive. Unfortunately, he also has a blood type shared by only 3 percent of Americans. That means that if AB-Positive red blood cells aren’t available for him, doctors may have to use another type made rarer by its frequent need: O-Negative blood, the universal donor.
"Before he was born, I didn’t think about blood donation. I don’t think most people do," said mom Lisa Harloff, "Now, I hope putting a face to it would help. Seeing Hudson shows the type of difference they’re making."