SHREWSBURY, Mo. (KMOX) — People who know her, and people who don’t, showed up to help Clare Blase — a 13-year old girl fighting a rare form of cancer.
Some 250 people registered — and more were expected — for a Red Cross blood for the St. Michael’s 7th grader, who has undergone surgery and chemotherapy and needs donated blood to combat adrenal cancer.
School Principal Dr. Amy Koenan says Clare was diagnosed in December, and doctors removed a softball-sized tumor from her adrenal gland.
“She is a fighter,” Koenan said, “She is the most positive person that I know. When I see her, she’s not down about it. She just says she just has a battle and she’s there to fight.”
Among those waiting in line to give blood, Bob Pfyl, 73, who says he never met the girl. ”The only thing we can do is help and pray to God that everything turns out right for her.”
Another stranger, Mary Eakle, 20, says she was moved to action by the thought of someone getting cancer so early in life.
“I just thought it would be a nice thing to do, especially because she’s so young,” Eakle said, ” I would hope that if I, if it was someone in my family, that people would come and do the same thing.”
Many of those rolling up their sleeves do know Clare, including her former teacher, Angie Meyer.
“Five years ago I was bitten by a dog, and her family offered me to be the Grand Marshall that year, ” Meyer said, “And so Clare and I rode in a horse-drawn carriage at the beginning of the parade for our St. Michael’s picnic and parade, and I needed to give back in some way.”
Blood drive organizers say any extra blood would be used to help other patients on the cancer floor at Children’s hospital.
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