Blood drive to honor Genoa toddler

GENOA – On Nov. 23, community members can roll up a sleeve and donate blood to honor Beau Norris, a 1-year-old who relies on the generosity of blood donors to sustain his life.

Beau was born on April 25, 2012, with a congenital heart defect. The doctors informed his parents, Brad and Denise Norris of Genoa, that his aorta was on the wrong side of his heart and there was no connection between his heart and lungs. At just 10 days old, Beau had his first surgery to help blood flow from his heart to his lungs, which required a blood transfusion. Beau’s treatment is ongoing and he will require additional blood transfusions in the future.

“The blood Beau received from donors helped save his life. It’s as simple as that,” said Denise Norris, Beau’s mother. “Our family wants to thank all those who roll up a sleeve for patients like Beau and encourage others to sign up to give blood. It’s a perfect way to make a difference.”

An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Genoa-Kingston Fire Department, 317 E. Railroad St. in Genoa, in honor of Beau Norris. All blood types are needed. There is particular need for O negative, A negative, B negative and AB, positive or negative.

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