Elks donate blood platelets to aid ailing girl

2013-09-17T13:00:00Z 2013-09-18T10:06:05Z Elks donate blood platelets to aid ailing girlPhil Villarreal Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge No. 2532 held a blood drive Aug. 24 to help a girl battle illness.

The drive, which was open to the public, was meant to harvest platelets for 4-year-old Emily Myers, who was diagnosed with thrombocytopenia-absent radius (TAR) syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes a lack of platelets and leads to risk of hemorrhages.

Donors provided a total of more than 100 units of platelets, and Emily was able to receive them to aid her battle with the syndrome.

Contact reporter Phil Villarreal at pvillarreal@azstarnet.com or 573-4130.

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