RINGLING, OK-- On holidays like today the ER sees dozens of injuries, but there are also day to day accidents and illnesses that leave people needing blood. Two years ago at just 11 years old Rumer Austin had to fight for her life when the knot she found on her right leg turned out to be cancerous.
"They would just go ahead and do a biopsy, a needle biopsy and when they did that it showed that it was cancerous so I started treatment had some chemo for about a year and a half" said Austin.
Rumer said throughout her treatment for ewings sarcoma and during her surgery she received blood 7 times and needed a total of 14 pints. She also received platelets.
"I needed blood, my blood counts were so low, it wouldn't have healed ,I would have gotten sick I would have so many other problems, I would have been weak, just everything" said Austin.
Rumer is now 13 and cancer free, two months ago she started walking without crutches. Her father said despite her struggles they feel lucky knowing that it could have been worse
"She's very fortunate and blessed to still have a leg and tp be able to walk on it and the blood helped a lot to keep her healthy" said Roger Butler.
Rumer encourages everyone who can, to donate blood and has a message to all the donors who play a part in helping cancer patients like herself.
"Thank you like there's no words to describe how thankful I am" said Austin.
Thursday's KXII blood drives will take place at the first Baptist church in Tishomingo and the first united Methodist church in Kingston from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.