Family takes blood drives personally, encourages others to donate

Kathy Hohenstreiter understands the value of donating blood after her son and father have both relied on multiple units to save their lives.

Bud Mears of Brownstown, who is Hohenstreiter’s father, needed two units of blood when he had a bleeding ulcer in March of last year.

Her son, Trey, needed 14 units of blood during a span of three years after he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2006. He received his last dose of chemotherapy in April 2009 and today is a 12-year-old cancer survivor who attends Seymour Middle School.

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