"Extreme Makeover" showcases young girl with blood disorder
Monday, March 23, 2009 — The American Red Cross and ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” joined forces for the show’s latest segment which featured 14-year-old Lizzie Bell and her family from Tucson, AZ. Lizzie suffers from Diamond Blackfan Anemia, a life-threatening blood disorder which requires her to receive blood transfusions regularly. She and her mother have worked tirelessly with the Red Cross to spotlight the need for blood donations.
Lizzie Bell suffers from a blood disorder which requires regular blood transfusions. She and her family were featured on a recent segment of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”.
Through the show, the family received a home makeover. Red Cross dedicated blood drives across the country in Lizzie’s honor on January 31, resulting in more than 11,000 blood donations in 38 states. While the blood donated did not go to Lizzie directly, it did help save the lives of thousands of patients.
After watching Sunday night’s episode, the Red Cross saw a 40% increase in people visiting givelife.org to schedule an appointment to give blood in the upcoming weeks.
“We were thrilled to join with the American Red Cross,” said Diane Korman, senior producer of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, “Its work helps patients such as those undergoing treatment for cancer, accident victims and premature babies - and we were honored to take part as we made over the Bell family's home.”
On average, 39,000 blood donations are needed each day across the United States to treat injuries and illnesses. “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” chose Lizzie and her family to be the lucky recipients of a brand new home to honor the young hero and to shine a spotlight on the importance of ongoing blood donation.
For more information or to make an appointment to give blood, please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit givelife.org.