12-year-old cancer patient back home after receiving 65 blood and platelet transfusions

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We are gearing up for the Community Heroes Blood Drive starting this Friday.

And we talked to one little girl who has greatly benefited from the blood donations of generous people.

Jordyn Bruski was diagnosed with AML Leukemia, or Acute Myeloid Leukemia, when she was 11 years old.

AML is a type of cancer that starts in the bone marrow and quickly moves into the blood.

She had to undergo chemotherapy at the Children's Hospital in Colorado, which forced her to be out of school for a whole year.

During her time in Colorado, she received 65 blood and platelet transfusions.

Throughout her treatments, Jordyn accumulated "Beads of Courage."

Every colored bead represents a different procedure... every poke, every prick, and every platelet.

Yellow ones are for each night in the hospital.

Red is for the blood and platelet transfusions.

And purple ones are medications.

You can see two strings of beads here, but she actually has a total of ten strands.

Jordyn is 12 years old, in remission, and back in school now.

Teresa Krick, mother of Jordyn, says, "It's amazing that people would do that, very grateful. It's amazing to see what a difference it is from even a year ago."
Twelve-year-old Jordyn Bruski says, "To do more things that you want to do that just being stuck in a hospital bed. Hang out with friends and shopping and actually do gymnastics."

Her mother Teresa Crick says Jordyn loves being a kid again... doing gymnastics around the house and texting her friends on the phone.

And they're both so grateful to people who donate their time and blood.

To help patients like Jordyn, you can donate blood at the Heroes Blood Drive on January 5th and 6th at the Rushmore Mall from 10 to 5:30.

Donors will receive a free t-shirt, lunch from Olive Garden, and possibly win prize drawings.