With the support of an entire fire department a 4-year-old is fighting for her life and facing an all too common problem - a shortage of blood donations.
Haley Bernard is known for bouncing through the Bonner Springs fire station.
However, she can't now because she is receiving her first round of chemo for the next eight days. Haley was there in spirit as firefighters held a blood drive in her honor.
Everyone at the fire station knows Haley. Her dad volunteers there to fight fires.
"She's a little wild child. A lot of energy a lot of fun," Bonner Springs Fire Chief Dennis Hubbel said.
Slowly, her energy began to fade, and something else started to worry family and firefighters.
"We found some red swelling on her feet. We thought she might have a bee sting or something like that," Hubbel said.
Test after test revealed something more serious. A rare form of leukemia that usually attacks children 4 years of age or younger.
"One day, they were at Children's Mercy and they weren't any platelets. They had to go out to other hospitals in Kansas City," Hubbel said.
Haley's dad's firefighting family took action and rolled up their sleeves to donate blood.
"This is a 4-year-old child, and they are having trouble finding the platelets. The amount of blood that is needed is astronomical on a daily basis," Hubbel said. "Give blood. Think if it was one of your family members and they were injured in a wreck or injured in any way."
Although the blood drive came to a close Friday evening, you can always help by giving a donation at your closest community blood center.
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