NORTH MANCHESTER – Kole Adamiec was diagnosed with high-risk Neuroblastoma on April 18 at 5 years old.

He has received several blood transfusions since he started treatment. Kole rarely lets his diagnosis keep him down, and he often surprises the medical staff, according to a news release from The American Red Cross.

After receiving treatment, a typical day at home consists of Kole chasing his siblings through the yard or playing on the farm. He loves all things farming, tractors, making hay, excavating equipment, tractor pulls, Komodo dragons and dinosaurs.

Kole attended Peach Patch Preschool and will be starting kindergarten this fall. His family wants to help educate the community about the need and importance of blood donations.

“Family is everything to Kole,” said Jade Adamiec, Kole’s mother. “He has the biggest heart and will go out of the way to make his siblings and family feel so loved. His resilience is truly inspiring.”

“In the summer, blood donations tend to decrease, so we need the public’s help,” said Toni Fox, account manager. “Donating today gives those like Kole a fighting chance to live a great life.”  

Blood donations in dedication to Kole will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 7 at Manchester Church of the Brethren, 1306 Beckley St., North Manchester.

How to donate blood: Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information.

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients, the release states. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive.

To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.