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Blood donations continue saving life of Pine Belt resident

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

At the age of two, Pine Belt resident Frederick Nix was diagnosed with sickle cell disease. "I've had such a bad case of it, me and my sister," said Frederick. "Doctors told my mom that we probably wouldn't live to get to the age of twenty-five." Despite what the doctors said, today, Frederick is 49-years-old.

Though living life with sickle cell has not been an easy one. Just this year, Frederick has had two blood transfusions. Though the amount of times he's had to receive blood throughout his life is a number that he just can't remember. "Without people giving blood, a lot of us sickle cell patients and other people that are in need of blood, we probably wouldn't even be here on earth," said Frederick.  

Frederick not only thanks those who take the time out to donate blood, but he also encourages everyone else who can, to do the same. "Get our and just participate, give blood," said Frederick. "It's nothing to be afraid of. It's something that somebody's life depend on."

Participate in the Blood Bowl 2013 and donate blood to save lives on July 30. Come out to Chris Posey and Kim's No Bull in Laurel from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

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