Boy, 11, hosts blood drive


TOLONO -- An eleven year old from Tolono is helping give the gift of life with his very own blood drive.

Adam Munds, 11, may be young, but this kid is passionate about saving lives -- because someone helped save his.

So he took it upon himself to organize his own blood drive in Tolono's West Side Park Saturday.

And people were giving.  Folks were going in and out of the blood bus all day.

Munds says helping others comes naturally.  He was born with congenital CMV, a virus capable of killing an infant.  He needed more blood platelets to stay alive.

Doctors say a normal infant's blood count should be at about 140,000 platelets, but Munds' was only at 4,000.

As a newborn, he spent over a week in the hospital.  He says he has no memory of being there, but knows how important blood donors were to him and his family.

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