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11-year-old Jalon encourages community to donate blood

“I mean, it is almost personal you know, it is almost like you have literally gave something to me.”
Published: Jan. 7, 2021 at 5:28 PM MST
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - Children should be full of energy: running, playing and maybe even being a little selfish.

Like any 11-year-old, Jalon Janke loves video games and sports, but he’s also is battling something no child should have to. Aug. 28, the Rapid City boy got the news that forced Jalon to exhibit strength to take on Osteosarcoma.

“Cancer is not something that’s ever been a part of my life,” Emily Delzer, Jalon’s mother said. “And so finding out that my kid has cancer is mindblowing.”

Jalon is undergoing chemotherapy to treat his cancer, he is also receiving blood. As he receives treatment, he is speaking up about the important role the community can play to help him in his fight.

“It is awesome to know that people care that they donate blood for people like me,” Jalon said.

The importance of blood donations came up when Jalon had a bloody nose that wouldn’t stop. His platelet levels dropped dangerously low to four.

“I didn’t even know that cancer patients needed blood transfusions, that’s how naive I was to the necessity of blood donations,” Delzer said. “He needed platelets now. And so to have that available at the hospital, it saves his life every single time.”

Blood donors now have a special place in the heart of Jalen and his mother.

" I mean it is almost personal you know, it is almost like you have literally gave something to me,” Delzer said.

To support Jalon and keep up with his fight against Cancer, you can donate to the GoFundMe page here.

“I would say thank you for donating blood,” Jalen said.

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