Victoria resident partners with MDAnderson to host a blood drive in support of her mother

Over 60 people registered for the blood drive at Cade Middle School

VICTORIA, Texas – Victoria resident, Shannon Spree, partnered with MD Anderson Cancer Center to set up a blood drive in Victoria after her mother, Carol Spree, was diagnosed with leukemia four weeks ago.

Leukemia is a rare cancer of blood-forming tissues, hindering the body’s ability to fight infection.

Carol Spree, a longtime registered nurse, was transferred to MD Anderson in Houston and had to receive several blood transfusions

Shannon says her mother was worried about taking so much blood for herself when she knew that others needed the blood as well.

“She was worried about taking so much blood from people, and I’m like you need it right now, we’ll find a way to give back. so I contacted the people at MD Anderson, they helped me organize this blood drive so that we can give back to other cancer patients as well as my mother,” says Shannon Spree, blood drive organizer.

Currently, there is an ongoing national shortage of donated blood. Doctors at MD Anderson are encouraging people to donate to help patients.

” We are in a chronic shortage and it’s not only us here at MD Anderson, its the whole city, state, and country, it’s a situation across the country and that’s the reason that we need donors to help with our patients donating blood,” says Dr. Fernando Martinez, Department of Laboratory Medicine at MD Anderson.

Shannon says that over 60 people registered for today’s blood drive and hopes to send back 60 units of blood to Houston.

To find out how you can donate blood here in victoria, visit SouthTexasBlood