Donating Blood For Baby Chloe

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Mar 5, 2010 at 11:10 PM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) - A Vestal family is hoping you'll give the gift of life, to benefit their baby girl.

As Action News reporter Natalie Jenereski tells us, donating blood can give this little girl a new lease on her life.

9-month-old Chloe Mulcahy will thank blood donors someday.

More than a month ago, she was diagnosed with an extremely rare blood disease.

Only a handful of cases exist in New York State.

Chloe receives blood transfusions almost every day.

"To know that this is her life, and will be for the rest of her life. We're just hoping we'll see her walking down the aisle and getting married, and graduating from high school, and doing all the normal things that typical people do," said Candace and Nate Mulcahy, Chloe's parents.

That's why the American Red Cross holds blood drives at the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City.

It's in honor of Chloe's fight for survival, everyday.

"You tend to forget the face that's behind what you do until a 9-month-old little baby walks through the door, and you hear that she just came from Syracuse and received a transfusion, and that transfusion is what keeping her alive today," said Theresa Blank of the American Red Cross.

One pint of blood can save three little lives, like Chloe's.

"She's just a very special little angel, and you know, you pray to God for a good result for her, a good outcome. This is why I do this, and will continue to do this for as long as I can," said Lauri Hammel, a blood donor from Binghamton.

And Chloe's parents say the vital support from the community is keeping the hope alive that their baby girl will see a bright future.

"It's totally different. We came here from D.C. and this is a totally different atmosphere. Everybody gives, everybody cares. It's incredible. It's overwhelming. Exactly, overwhelming," said Candace and Nate Mulcahy.

Giving this tiny tot a big future begins with your heart.

In Johnson City, Natalie Jenereski, WBNG-TV Action News.

A special blood drive will be held in honor of Chloe on Saturday at the Oakdale Mall.

Go through the main entrance and head left towards Macy's, next to Payless Shoes.

The blood drive runs from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

There is also a benefit for Chloe taking place Friday night at the Country Pines in Endicott.

It goes until 10:00 p.m.

You can enjoy a spaghetti dinner and there will be many ways to win prizes.

The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

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