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Mom, son spread message on importance of giving blood

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Dyersburg Intermediate School fourth-grader Conner Agresta shows off the Walmart gift card he earned for inspiring friends and family to donate at the school's recent blood drive. Conner has a special reason for encouraging others to donate blood. His mother, Andrea Agresta, received a lifesaving blood transfusion when he was born.
Nearly a decade ago, the Agresta family learned first hand the importance of donating blood. And just last week, 9-year-old Conner Agresta proved encouraging others to donate blood is a family tradition.

When Andrea Agresta began hemorrhaging during Conner's delivery in 2003, she received a live-saving blood transfusion. After her recovery, she had the opportunity to meet her donors and then to use her story to promote the importance of giving blood.

"(When Conner was born), I lost one-third of my blood," said Agresta. "I had to have a transfusion. (Afterward), there was a dinner at the hospital and I got to meet the two ladies who gave me their blood."

When Conner became a student at Dyersburg Primary School he had a special reason to participate in the school's contest to recruit blood donors. Agresta said Conner's class earned a pizza party for recruiting the most amount of donors and he won a Walmart gift card for bringing in the most donors individually.

Now in fourth grade at Dyersburg Intermediate School, Conner has done it again. On Thursday, he received another gift card for bringing in the most donors in the school's recent blood drive.

"He won it again," said Agresta. "I was really tickled because it is a cause so close to my heart. You don't think about giving blood until you need it and then you are so blessed it is there."

Conner, a budding young artist, plans to buy drawing paper with his card.

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