(WXYZ) - When a 5th grader at Bloomfield Hills Middle School was diagnosed with leukemia, classmates wanted to help. They asked how they could. Gavin Raab and his mom told them, give blood.
"There is a kid out there who needs blood right now," said Gavin.
He knows. As he has gone through chemotherapy, he has at times needed blood transfusions. His blood type is not always available due to blood shortages.
So, even though they were too young to give blood, Gavin's classmates made it happen. They called the Red Cross, made signs, placed phone calls, and put on a blood drive at their school
Gavin visited his friends at the drive in his honor.
"It lets me know people care about me. You feel loved. I have felt loved throughout all this. It makes you feel safe," said Gavin. "I just want to say thank you."
Doctors say Gavin's prognosis is good, but the treatment he needs to go through is tough.
Gavin knows he may need more blood transfusions. He can't really predict when he will need them, so direct donation is not a good option. He really just needs more people to consistently donate. The American Red Cross says cold weather in the area has negatively impacted donations.
If you want to donate blood, you can call the American Red Cross and schedule an appointment at 1-800-GIVE-LIFE1-800-GIVE-LIFE.