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St. Jude Blood Donor Center saves lives one bag at a time

"I knew I always wanted to work with kids, so, I said Lord just lead to where you want me to be, and he led me to St. Jude."

Posted: Jun 4, 2018 6:36 PM
Updated: Jun 5, 2018 9:09 AM

MEMPHIS, TN (WTVA) -- "I knew I always wanted to work with kids, so, I said Lord just lead to where you want me to be, and he led me to St. Jude."

Twenty years ago, God answered Kimberly Spencer Foster's prayer.

Foster is a recruiter for St. Jude's Blood Center and works to get blood and platelet donations for patients.

"When people see you coming, do they run?" Emily Leonard, reporter, asked.

"No! They call me the vampire, but I'm a good vampire. And they always see me and ask when they donate and then ask about hours. They are always excited about why they are giving," Foster said.

Nobody likes getting stuck with a needle, but folks like Kim help educate donors and ease their minds, letting them know that each donation could save a child's life.

"A lot of times through the course of treatment, they need blood and platelets. We have a greater need for platelets which are in our white blood cells. And when our kids go through chemo and radiation they lose a lot of platelets," Foster said.

And when you donate, not only are you saving the life of a child, you're saving St. Jude money.

If the hospital were to buy platelets, it could cost them anywhere from $500 to $700.

A bag of blood would cost $250 to $400.

"So during the course of treat when our patients need platelets, we ask donars to come in so we can cut cost back and the money saved can go to other areas of the hospital," Foster said.

And there is no price tag on the cost of saving a child's life.

That's why St. Jude and Kimberly work so hard to make sure no child is denied treatment for any reason.

"Oh I love working at St. Jude. I feel like I am giving back. I'm playing apart in the mission of the hospital, and I want to be used in that way so fulfilling," Foster said.

The need for blood never takes a holiday.

Help a child in a critical time by donating blood or platelets.

You can do that by going to the St. Jude website.

You can also help support St. Jude and their life saving work but reserving your ticket for the St. Jude Dream Home.

And you can reserve your ticket for the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway starting Thursday, June 7th.

They are available by calling us during our telethon on Thursday or by going to the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway website.

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