Family of 'Sophie the Brave' to hold 2-day blood drive in her honor

Family of 'Sophie the Brave' to hold 2-day blood drive in her honor
Sophie Skiles died in January after a lengthy battle with cancer (Source: Facebook, Shelby Skiles)
Sophie Skiles died in January after a lengthy battle with cancer (Source: Facebook, Shelby Skiles)
Sophie’s death came a little more than two months shy of her third birthday, according to a post on the Sophie the Brave Facebook page. (Source: Facebook, Sophie the Brave)
Sophie’s death came a little more than two months shy of her third birthday, according to a post on the Sophie the Brave Facebook page. (Source: Facebook, Sophie the Brave)

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.

READ MORE: 2-year-old Sophie Skiles dies after hard-fought battle with cancer 

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.



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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,

To schedule an appointment to donate now, use the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, or call 1-800-RED CROSS. The Red Cross has added about 6,500 additional appointment slots at donation centers and community blood drives across the country over the next few weeks to accommodate more donors, according to the non-profit's website.

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