Blood drive for 10 year old to be held at Bayonne High School

Dantae Rodriguez is a 5th grader who urgently needs the community’s help

Dantae Rodriguez
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Dantae Rodriguez

A blood drive will be held in Bayonne in support of 10-year-old Dantae Rodriguez.

New Jersey Blood Services will host a blood drive on Saturday, February 29 at the Bayonne High School’s Richard Korpi Ice Rink. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., donors can give blood in support of Rodriguez at BHS at West 28th Street.

“Dantae is a 10-year-old boy who fought through quite a few challenges,” according to New Jersey Blood Services.

He was born with Salt-Wasting Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, Heart Murmur, G6PD Deficiency, Sotos Syndrome, and Seizure Disorder.

Dantae was later diagnosed with Autism and ADHD. On top of that, in Dec. of 2019, he was diagnosed with Leukemia.

He is currently in 5th grade at Lincoln Community School in an inclusion classroom with the most amazing kids and amazing teachers, according to the press release.

Dantae is in choir, loves art, and his favorite subject is Science. He enjoys swimming, drawing, and The Philadelphia Eagles.

New Jersey Blood Services said appointments are recommended. However, all walk-ins are welcome.

For an appointment, visit www.Tinyurl.com/DonateForDantae or text (917) 699-9073.

Donors must eat before donating and must also bring their IDs.

For information about donor eligibility, call 1-800-933-2566 or go to www.nybloodcenter.org.

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