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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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Blood drive scheduled for March 23 to help local boy battle cancer

Blood drive scheduled for March 23 to help local boy battle cancer

South Lafourche High School student, 17 year-old Jake Barrios, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in September 2015.

Hodgkin’s disease is a type of cancer that develops from cells in the body’s immune system.

Jake has needed multiple blood transfusions to help battle this type of cancer. He is being treated at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans and is in need of blood donors.

On Wednesday, March 23, from 1 to 6 p.m., a blood drive is being held at the Auxiliary Gym at South Lafourche High School. Those willing to donate are asked to sign up at the school office by the morning of Friday, March 18.

All blood types are needed. People can donate blood every 56 days. To be eligible, donors must be in good health, at least 17 years of age and a minimum of 110 pounds. Sixteen-year olds who weigh at least 130 pounds can donate with a signed parental consent form provided by the Blood Center, which can be downloaded at

Donors must wait one year after a body piercing and cannot donate if he or she is taking heart medication. A picture ID is required at time of donation and it is recommended that donors eat prior to donating.

For more information on how to sign up, contact Bonnie Lefort at 985-632-5721 or Suzy Potter via phone at 504-939-9609 or email

Jake is the son of Thomas and Alicia Barrios and grandson of Ebdon Barrios, Audrey Callais and Flor Castillo. The family appreciates both blood donations and prayers for their son.