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Menomonee Falls mothers host blood drive for kids battling cancer

Posted at 7:47 PM, Dec 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-13 19:58:32-05

The mothers in Menomonee Falls whose kids are battling cancer are having a successful blood drive at the Radisson Inn.

The Blood Center of Wisconsin's sign up sheet had 120 donors to help these four women save other people's lives.

The women have taken on the nickname "The Fab Four."

Courtney Miles, Katie Maziasz, Christa Olsen and Sue Trzebiatowski,  or "The Fab Four," say their children are poked and prodded what seems like every day, so they can stand a poke to give blood.

The women admit this blood drive grew from a small idea shared over the summer into a large winter blood drive. The Blood Center of Wisconsin's Matt Queen says this is even more special because donations during the holidays are usually low. 

"The line is out the door right now with people in Menomonee Falls saying, 'I want to give back, and not just help patients in need in our community,'" said Queen. "They're showing support to these great moms." 

"This is-it's overwhelming," said Miles. "It's humbling and overwhelming absolutely."

Within the first 90 minutes of the blood drive, 60 donors had already given blood. One of the donors, Nora Millies, is actually an unofficial Fab Four member. The reason for the unofficial title is because she doesn't live in Menomonee Falls, but her 8-year-old daughter is battling Leukemia. 

"That's what we do," said Millies. "We support each other. We support families and we support these kids."

Between these five moms, Miles says their children have had more than 100 blood transfusions. So, the group says a blood drive was truly a no-brainer.