Last October, 10-year-old Natalie MeGonigal’s parents took her to the emergency room.
From there, they went straight to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, where she was diagnosed with leukemia.
She has been undergoing treatment since, including an eight-week stay just before Christ-mas. While those treatments require a considerable sum of money, they also require something even more vital to human life - blood.
The first day she went to Children’s, Natalie received eight units of blood and has needed transfusions every week since, said Joe Rakoczy.
Noting her need, the members of Midlothian Classic Wheels, including Rakoczy, Kevin and Devona Cox, Corinne Wolfe and Alan Krohn, joined together to help the family and “Nat” - as they call her - out in their time of need.
The club organized and held a Christmas party for Natalie, showering her with gifts to help her get through the treatments, Rakoczy said, saying she received an iPod, a Nintendo DS and “a lot of clothes” from the club.
However, now the car and motorcycle group is striving to do more, he said.
Kevin Cox and his wife, Devona, knowing Natalie’s need for blood, decided to set up a blood drive for the little girl. Even though Carter BloodCare already had an account set up for her, the organization issued another one for the purposes of a community-wide blood drive.
Beginning at 9:30 a.m. and continuing until 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, a drive will be set up at 1000 E. Main St. in Midlothian in the parking lot of the old David’s shopping center. Aside from the free T-shirt donors will receive, all donors will be entered in “The Great Gas Giveaway,” in which weekly winners will be drawn for $100 worth of free gas and one grand prize winner will receive one year’s worth of free gas.
“Carter BloodCare requires 30 committed donors in order to bring their mobile unit,” wrote Corinne Wolfe in a letter of appeal, “and are asking that we make appointments, since there will be no waiting area.
“Please help this precious little girl,” Wolfe wrote.
The event is being sponsored by several local businesses, including Subway, Domino’s Pizza, Caroline’s Caf/, the Busy B Bakery and Don Chano’s Mexican Food Restaurant, Racozy said.
“This little girl never met a stranger,” Krohn said. “She’s just so friendly and outgoing. Everybody she meets she becomes their friend.”
To schedule an appointment to donate, call Devona “Punkin” Cox at (214) 676-1706.
E-mail Anthony at Anthony.Trojan@waxahachiedailylight.com