Cohen, age 9, is known as Super Cohen because of the immense bravery he’s shown in the face of daunting medical challenges. As his mom told Hoxworth Blood Center, “Cohen is the first ever person discovered with his still-unnamed immune system disease. Cohen has intestinal failure, which causes him to be unable to eat food and requires intravenous nutrition. He also has a genetic bleeding disorder, which makes it difficult for his blood to clot.”
Cohen has benefited from countless blood transfusions and his family has organized blood drives to recruit donors and collect lifesaving blood products in Cohen’s honor.
“I would love to find out how many units of blood products he has received so that our drive can help replace every unit he has needed,” Carrie told Hoxworth. “It has been a significant amount, and Cohen said he would love to tell every person who has given him blood how much their gift means to him. We will never take that gift for granted.”
Mercy Health wants to help the Bramlee family meet their blood unit replacement goal and is sponsoring a virtual “March Madness” blood drive through March 31. Donors can find their local Hoxworth Neighborhood Donor Center by visiting hoxworth.org/donors/locations.html or calling 513-451-0910. Be sure to mention Team Super Cohen or Group Code C184.
If donating blood seems a bit scary, Super Cohen himself has a few words of encouragement for those who haven’t yet rolled up a sleeve:
"It is perfectly OK to be afraid, but just think about all of the children and people's lives you are changing by donating a little bit of blood!” he says. “Lots of times I feel scared too, but I think about how many people care about me and that helps me feel brave. I know you can be brave, too."