Without blood and platelet transfusions Ceinwein Milton would not exist.
The five-year-old Wagga girl was diagnosed with a stage-three neuroblastoma three-weeks after she was born.
It was a harrowing journey for Ceinwein’s mother Kylie Burns, who said she owed her daughter’s life to the hundreds of strangers who kept blood flowing through her veins.
Ms Burns shared her gratitude on Tuesday, amid National Blood Donor week.
According to Wagga’s Blood Service, Riverina donors had given 10,000 blood and plasma donations in the past 12 months, saving the lives of almost 30,000 Australians.
More than 150 “bloody legends” from Wagga alone were praised for having made more than 50 donations each.
“Without donations, I wouldn’t have my two children,” Ms Burns said. “My son was born at 28-weeks gestation and was severely anaemic as well.”
Alongside the Country Hope families and volunteers, who were donating on Tuesday, Ms Burns urged fellow residents to roll up their sleeves for other youngsters like her daughter.
Echoing this, Country Hope manager Ellie Webb said she knew of one Wagga boy who needed a plasma transfusion every two-to-three weeks.
“That’s 60 donations a fortnight for one child,” Ms Webb said. “And there are many others like him.”
Ms Webb said they would not survive without transfusions.
She said: “Thanking donors and promoting the importance of donating blood in our local community is important to us and our families”.