Dax Foundation to host Red Cross platelet drive

Staff Writer
Washington Times-Reporter
Dax Locke

WASHINGTON — A special American Red Cross platelet drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday at the Washington Park District Gymnasium, 105 Spruce St. in Washington, in memory of Dax Locke, who was diagnosed with leukemia at 15 months old.

Under the care of the team at St. Jude, Dax received treatment, but eventually the cancer returned and Dax passed away on Dec. 30, 2009.

When Dax’s family put up Christmas lights before Halloween, his story started to spread in the community.

According to a press release from the Dax Foundation, Dax loved Christmas lights, and his mother, Julie Locke, was determined to cherish every moment with him, even if it meant putting up Christmas lights in October.

Within days, the entire community of Washington was lit up for Dax, and eventually his story spread around the world.

“We would like to see anyone and everyone who was touched by Dax’s story come and donate platelets at this special drive in memory of Dax,” said Julie Locke. “We would love to see anyone who has had a family member receive a platelet transfution. Even if you are unsure about donating or cannot donate, we encourage you to stop by and see what the platelet donation process looks like.”.

To make an appointment to donate, call Stephanie at the Dax Foundation at 765-744-9844, email stephanie@daxfoudation.com or visit www.redcrossblood.org.