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Blood Donors Needed; Anna Field's Story

It's the time of year when we're asked to be generous, and give to those in need. But the Red Cross is asking you to provide something money can't buy, a donation of blood.
It's the time of year when we're asked to be generous, and give to those in need. But the Red Cross is asking you to provide something money can't buy, a donation of blood.
"It literally came out of no where," said Anna Field of Boonville.
She's been donating blood since she was just sixteen years old...never knowing that one day she'd be the one needing blood transfusions to stay alive.
"One day I was fine, the next minute I was getting routine blood work, they tell me my platelets were low," she said.
In October she was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia, a cancer of the blood cells.
"I still remember the first day we found out, I was in the cafeteria at St. Luke's and my mom walked down, I saw her in the doorway and she broke down. I'm still not completely with it in knowing that she has Leukemia but you have to fight the fight with her," said Anna's brother, Ben Field.
She's been fighting--spending more than a month in the hospital undergoing chemotherapy and other intensive treatments. Just before Thanksgiving, she got to return home. But the chemo continues.
"It makes me exhausted, nauseous, just run down," she said.
But that didn't stop her from showing up at her former school today to support those choosing to donate.
"During the holidays is always a time when we have a great need for people to come out and donate blood and help us with our mission of saving lives," said Dawn Rajkowski of the American Red Cross.
Their goal for today's drive was for volunteers to donate more than 100 pints of blood, which still doesn't add up to the amount of transfusions that Anna had to have.
"Sometimes I had to wait for it to come from Syracuse, Rochester, New York City, so the more blood in Utica the better," she said.
She says her family is the reason why she keep a positive outlook.
"We've been trying our best to make her laugh, trying our best to keep her spirits high.," said her brother.
"They've been here for me and pretty much supported me in any way they need to, even some days all it took was holding my hand," said Anna.
For now, Anna's college education is on hold, but her life is not.
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