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Blood drive to benefit toddler with Longview ties

Blood drive to benefit toddler with Longview ties
Friday, June 24, 2011 - 10:41am

A blood drive to benefit a seriously ill toddler with Longview ties will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Good Shepherd Medical Center.

Ty McCullar is the son of Lauren Lange McCullar — a 2003 Longview High School graduate — and Ethan McCullar. Ty’s maternal grandmother is Debra Hammons, a longtime employee of Johnson & Pace.

“Ty’s my only grandchild, and he’s just delightful,” Hammons said. “He can’t speak or walk, because of all his medical problems, but he’s almost always smiling or laughing.”

Ty and his parents live in Little Rock, Ark., but have spent much of his 21-month-old life in Chicago, where he is being treated for a rare respiratory control disease and neuroblastoma, a cancer that most commonly affects children younger than 6.

“We knew about the respiratory condition just a few days after he was born, but the neuroblastoma wasn’t diagnosed until January of this year,” Hammons said. “They were actually here visiting us when he had a seizure that led doctors to perform an MRI that revealed the tumor.”

The blood drive is essential to providing Ty with the units of blood he needs while undergoing chemotherapy and possible radiation treatment for his cancer, she said.

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