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Molly's Kids: Salisbury teen wishes for blood drive for his birthday

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SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) -

 Alex Yates turns 14 on February 20. He has a unique request. As his birthday gift, he wants to host a blood drive in his name where people can donate blood to help him, but also others like him.

His mom Leanne wrote and said she had no idea how to get this started. Did I?

No.

But I do know how to write about Alex, and can hope one of you reading this might know how to coordinate such an event.

Alex lives in Salisbury.  He has CVID (low immune system), PCD (a lung disease) and high functioning autism.  Every week he gets subQ infusions -- which means several blood or plasma infusions from several people.

It'll be this way, Leanne says, for the rest of her son's life. 

Alex is a 7th grader at West Rowan Middle but currently home bound because of medical complications. A teacher comes by three hours a week.

"I'm so proud of my son," Leanne said. "I'd love to help him host a blood drive, I just don't know how. I love that for his birthday he asked for the gift of life."

She also said she'll get a cake for the blood-drive party that says, "Save Lives, Donate for Alex".

If anyone has a great idea on how to help Leanne get started, or if you want to get in direct touch with her, email me at mgrantham@wbtv.com. Put in the subject line, "For Leanne". I'll turn around and immediately forward your email directly to her.

Hope this works...

#MollysKids

**Editor’s note: This is about one of #MollysKids, children WBTV Anchor Molly Grantham follows closely on her Facebook page. It was first published there – which is why it’s written in a personal way. For years Molly has followed hundreds of kids with uphill medical battles. Find this story and updates on all #MollysKids here.**

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