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April 20 blood drive will honor former student

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The family of former New Albany student Eden Adams is asking residents to attend an American Red Cross blood drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the New Albany 2-5 elementary building.

"We're asking people to come in to honor (Eden's) 13th birthday," said Jessica Lewis, who lives with Eden's father, Rourke Adams. "We know it's difficult, but it's a drop in the bucket to what (Eden) went through."

Eden was diagnosed in 2004 at age 4 with neuroblastoma, a cancer of the nervous system. She died in 2008 and students created a butterfly garden at the 2-5 elementary building in her honor.

Lewis's 11-year-old daughter, Hannah Lewis, also has cancer.

Hannah was diagnosed at age 6 with rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer that is found in muscle, with cancerous tumors that connect to bones. She currently is in the long-term clinic at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

The two girls met at the hospital during treatments and became friends, Lewis said.

Lewis said both girls have received more than 300 blood transfusions. She said the family is working with the Red Cross in an effort to give back to the people who have helped them.

Lewis said the family's goal is to have 130 people come out for the drive.

People who donated on or before Feb. 23 are eligible to give blood, according to the Red Cross.

Lewis said the Red Cross will give away Girl Scout cookies and pizza from Eagle's Villa Pizza. People who donate will be registered to win an overnight stay at the Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls and a canopy zip line tour of Hocking Hills.

People can schedule an appointment at redcrossblood.org and use the sponsor code "EdenAdams" or call 1-800-REDCROSS.

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