14-year-old describes how blood transfusions saved her life

14-year-old describes how blood transfusions saved her life

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Recently selected by Grainger Today as "Athlete of the Week" for her abilities on the Grainger High School golf team, the 14-year-old freshman hopes to one day play the game in college. Recently selected by Grainger Today as "Athlete of the Week" for her abilities on the Grainger High School golf team, the 14-year-old freshman hopes to one day play the game in college.
"Kristen had about 25 to 30 transfusions and without those people, you know, her survival just wouldn't happen," Kristen's dad Mickey said. "Kristen had about 25 to 30 transfusions and without those people, you know, her survival just wouldn't happen," Kristen's dad Mickey said.
Kristen's parents spend a lot of time with her and her sister, Kasey, at Clinchview Golf and Country Club. Kristen's parents spend a lot of time with her and her sister, Kasey, at Clinchview Golf and Country Club.

BY LORI TUCKER
6 News Anchor

BEAN STATION (WATE) - A local family says their daughter wouldn't be here today without the help of Medic Regional Blood Center.

Barely into high school, Kristen Ankrom, of Bean Station, is serious about the game of golf.

Recently selected by Grainger Today as "Athlete of the Week" for her abilities on the Grainger High School golf team, the 14-year-old freshman hopes to one day play the game in college.

"UT is my dream school, but I'll have to work hard," said Kristen.

Kristen's parents spend a lot of time with her and her sister, Kasey, at Clinchview Golf and Country Club.

Both girls are talented golfers and proud of each other.

"She's accomplished so much. It's unbelievable," Kasey said.

But dad also wants them to learn some intangibles from the game.

"I've been able to spend a lot of quality time," said Mickey Ankrom. "I think the golf has made them much stronger and maybe through life that will really pay off."

Kristen got an early lesson about being strong at the age of three.

She was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma, cancer of the connective tissue, after a suspicious lump showed up on her neck.

It was a painful year-long battle for such a little girl. At one point, she had a 50 percent chance of survival.

"I had chemotherapy and three surgeries," Kristen said.

"It was very scary. It was very scary," her mother, Elizabeth Ankrom, said.

Kristen had to undergo a number of blood transfusions.

Her family, who stayed close and got through it together, says without donors who gave to Medic, they would have suffered a heartbreaking loss.

"Kristen had about 25 to 30 transfusions and without those people, you know, her survival just wouldn't happen," Mickey said.

"It saved the life of my daughter," Elizabeth said.

Kristen is now celebrating ten years as a cancer survivor, moving on in her life, as she should, but never forgetting who helped save it.

"Thank you to all the people that donate and keep giving," she said.

Kristen and her family now spend quite a bit of time trying to spread awareness about the importance of donating blood.

They're hoping even more people will do just that during Medic's "Roll Up Your Sleeve" week, taking place Jan 14. through Jan. 18.

A full list of locations to donate can be found online.

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