Family of 'Sophie the Brave' to hold 2-day blood drive in her honor
By Jeff Wright| August 6, 2018 at 3:30 PM CDT - Updated August 14 at 6:56 PM
TYLER, TX (KLTV)
The family of a 2-year-old who died after a lengthy battle with cancer plan to hold a two-day blood drive in their little girl's honor.
Sophie Kay Skiles, the Athens girl who touched the hearts of people all over the world with her courage and fighting spirit, lost her battle with cancer on Jan. 4. Sophie’s death came a little more than two months shy of her third birthday.
Shelby Skiles, Sophie's mother, announced on Facebook two dates in Aug. when donors could #DoMoreforSoph and give in her honor. The celebration blood drives will be held on Sunday, Aug. 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sharon Shiner's in Tyler, and Sunday, Aug. 19 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Bethel Bible Church downtown campus.
The American Red Cross recently reported an "emergency need" for blood donations and is offering $5 Amazon.com gift card via email through Aug. 30th. Summer is traditionally a slow time for blood donations. Red blood cells have up to a 42-day shelf life; platelets, a type of cell that helps stop or prevent bleeding, only have a 5-day shelf life. Platelets are also used in cancer treatments and organ transplants,