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. He also has a rare blood type, AB+, which is shared by only 3 percent of Americans. However, people with AB+ blood have a special gift – they are universal recipients, meaning they can safely receive any blood type from any donor. Hudson’s family is thankful to donors of all blood types in our community that help support him and other patients in need.
“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.”
People need people, make a difference in someone’s life by donating blood.
We must rely on each other for the gift of blood, and patients in your community rely on the generosity of Versiti’s blood donors to help. Please consider scheduling an appointment to donate. If this is your first time, donating blood is quick, easy and relatively painless. And, it is a great way to give back and help patients in your community.
View our Blood Donation FAQs for more information.