Girl Scouts Honor Mother at Blood Drive

By Josh Ault
|  Saturday, May 31, 2014  |  Updated 7:13 PM CDT
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A Denton county Girl Scout troop saw the results of hard work and caring this weekend. Troop 8869 organized the American Red Cross blood drive at Old Settlers Elementary School in Flower Mound.

Josh Ault, NBC 5 News

A Denton county Girl Scout troop saw the results of hard work and caring this weekend. Troop 8869 organized the American Red Cross blood drive at Old Settlers Elementary School in Flower Mound.

A Denton county Girl Scout troop saw the results of hard work and caring this weekend.

Troop 8869 organized the American Red Cross blood drive at Old Settlers Elementary School in Flower Mound.

"The main reason people don’t donate is because they don’t know they could," said girl scout Addison McCaffree.

This drive is personal. The mother of girl scout Sydney Gardner suffers from a rare blood disorder called severe aplastic anemia.

“It’s wear your bone marrow and bones don’t make enough blood cells, so she has to get several transfusions every other day, and she just went through her transplant and that is going very, very well,” said Chandra Gardner, Sydney's mother.

Past blood transfusions saved Gardner's life. Now, her daughter wants to save others. Her mother has not needed any more blood transfusion ever since she received a bone marrow transplant.

“I realized how much blood is really needed, you don’t know how much blood is needed until something like this happens to you,” said Gardner.

The blood drive will continue on Sunday and walk-ins start at 9:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m.

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