Cane Island Neighbors Host Platelet Blood Drive for Katy Teen Fighting Cancer

This past Saturday, residents of Cane Island hosted a platelet blood drive benefitting Katy teen, Phoebe Fuschak. At 16, Pheobe, suffers from acute myeloid leukemia. She was first diagnosed at age 12. The drive took place at the Cane Island Amenity Village, where the community often holds parties, BBQs, live music, and movie nights.

Phoebe is currently being treated at MD Anderson Cancer Center where patients undergoing treatment can experience a drop in platelets, blood cells critical for clotting. Without a platelet transfusion, cancer patients can face life-threatening conditions.

Patients at MD Anderson require approximately 600 units of life-saving platelets every day. Since platelets must be used within five days, new donors are needed every day.

If you would like to donate blood or platelets, one way to do so is through MD Anderson Cancer Center.


Jennifer Grassman is a writer and public relations specialist based in Houston. She enjoys reading to her three daughters, singing, designing websites, working from home, baking, and publishing The Pink Armadillo.