LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - The Krumland family said giving blood is more important than most people will ever realize. It was donating blood that saved their baby boy who was diagnosed with cancer.
According to the Nebraska Community Blood Bank (NCBB), every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. And a few years ago, five-month-old Kipton Krumland was one of those in need.
Kipton Krumland might look like your typical five-year-old, but he went through something no one should ever have to. At only five-months-old, Kipton was diagnosed with infant leukemia. He needed surgery and chemotherapy.
"It saved his life, without the blood donations, without the platelet donation, Kipton wouldn't have survived the surgery," said Kipton's mom, Erin.
Kipton's mom said going through the fight against cancer was a scary time for the entire family.
"Kipton had only a 20-to-30 percent chance to make it through his treatment, we are so lucky and grateful he is still here," said Erin Krumland.
Kipton is now a healthy kindergartner and Erin said even times when Kipton makes messes, or drives her crazy, she remembers what could have happened.
"There is always the fear and the chance that it could come back, but as of right now, he is cancer free," said Kipton's mom.
Erin said whenever she can, she now gives blood.
"Nobody thinks it is going to happen to them, it's thirty minutes out of my day, they take my blood, I sit in the chair, they give you cookies and juice afterwards, it's something so small that we can do, but it is so huge for the people that receive it," said Erin.
NCBB said more than 1.5 million people are diagnosed with a new cancer each year. Many of them will need blood like Kipton did, during their chemotherapy treatment.