Second blood drive in honor of Ansley Gilich
The Gulf Coast community once again showed its support of eight-year-old Ansley Gilich today with a blood drive in her honor at the Slavonian Lodge.
Ansley, the granddaughter of Biloxi Mayor FoFo Gilich, was diagnosed with B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic leukemia back in March.
Since then, this is the second blood drive the Ansley Foundation has held in conjunction with the American Red Cross.
During the first drive, which happened back in July, over 150 units of blood were donated to the Red Cross.
Recently, the Gilich family received a message from a young police officer from Virginia who was notified that his blood donation had gone to Ansley. Ansley’s mother Michelle Gilich said, “One of the reasons he became a police officer was to help children and so he loved the fact that he was helping a child who had cancer. So, it was really cool. Very moving to me. I’m emotional. Because it just shows how much blood donations mean to families because it really does mean giving life back to some people.”
Ansley’s second grade teacher Eleanor Hartzog said, “I admire all the work the Red Cross does, but especially being Ansley’s second grade teacher, this was obviously very near and dear to my heart and I felt it was very important to come support her and her sweet family.”
March 4th will be a year since Ansley’s diagnosis. Ansley is currently in her maintenance treatment which still requires a chemo pill every day and transfusions every three months, but her hair is growing back and she’s rocking a pixie cut.