Give the gift of life Dec. 17

Submitted photo Students Chelsea Watts and Jed Hoffman pose with the Miller-Keystone staff after donating blood at the Angela Hohl Blood Drive last year. The event is held this year in the Daniel Boone High School gym annex from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

'Tis the season for giving and what a better time to donate the gift of life.

Daniel Boone High School will be hosting the 11th annual Angela Hohl Blood Drive in the high school gym annex 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17.

After losing their daughter to leukemia, Sue and Harvey Hohl 'felt compelled' to bring awareness about the importance of blood donation to the community.

Angela Hohl was diagnosed with leukemia in 2003, the same year she was supposed to start her senior year at Daniel Boone. She battled the disease for just three short weeks. During that time, Angie needed around 75 to 100 pints of blood.

'After we lost Angie, we said what can we do to spread the word?' Sue Hohl said. 'We lived it first hand... When Angie needed platelets, they would order it at 10 a.m. It would be 10 or 11 p.m. until they arrived because they had to search for the product,' Hohl said.

The Hohl's reached out to Miller-Keystone Blood Center to host what has become the largest one-day blood drive for Miller-Keystone.

There are three additional Angela Hoh drives (held in February, April and October) out of the 'Angie mobile' -- a blood donation truck dedicated to Angela, complete with her photo on the side.

Daniel Boone High School holds an assembly prior to the drive to educate the students on the importance of donations.

'[Angie would] just be blown away that so many young people have been moved to donate,' Hohl said.

For the past few years, the assembly has been opened to the entire student body, even though a donor must be 17 years of age.

'It blows us away every time,' Hohl said. 'The enthusiasm from the kids and the community gives us hope spreading the word.'

By holding the assembly for the students, the Hohl's are educating the young people which often results in a habit of blood donation throughout their life.

'Angie always wanted to be a teacher...[we] live her legacy,' Hohl said. 'Angie inspired us to start this kids and their enthusiasm have inspired us to keep it going.'

The Hohl's thank the Daniel Boone School District and community for their generous blood donations.

The mobile drive in October brought 121 donors. Last year, the drive in the high school brought 496 donors.

'This year, we are hoping for more!' Bonnie Ebling, high school nurse, said. '[Sue and Harvey] turned something so horrible into a great thing.'

Come out on Dec. 17 to make your donation and give the gift of life this holiday season.

Donors must weight a minimum of 110 pounds, be 17 years of age, and in good health.

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