The American Red Cross is teaming up with the family of Ashley Mayer to host a blood drive in her honor March 2 at the Adair County Annex from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mayer, who has Down’s Syndrome, was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010. In a press release, her mother, Carla Mayer, said the family often had to wait for blood products to be flown to the hospital when Ashley needed transfusions.

“As a parent, you never want to have treatment delayed for your child,” Carla said. “Watching Ashley and other children in life-threatening danger was unbearable. There is no reason anyone should have to wait for precious blood with so many of us that are eligible to donate on a regular basis.”

This blood drive will also aim to help the Red Cross recover from a donation shortfall over the holidays. Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are needed.

To make an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org, call 1-800-733-2767 or download the free Red Cross Blood Donor app.