Help a Dayton 9-year-old girl ‘pay it back’

Photo shows 9-year-old Kennedy Alkire. (Photo Provided/Indiana Blood Center)
Photo shows 9-year-old Kennedy Alkire. (Photo Provided/Indiana Blood Center)

DAYTON, Ind. (WLFI) — Someone lives, when someone gives. That was the case for 9-year-old Kennedy Alkire who required 100 units of blood in June when she met complications while undergoing her fourth open heart surgery.

The Dayton girl knows better than most, that blood is vital to life. In turn, she wants to “pay it back.”

Kennedy had complications during her fourth open heart surgery, which is why she required over 100 units of blood to keep her alive. The Indiana Blood Center said at one point during the surgery, the surgeon told the nurses to gather all the blood that was available.

Kennedy said it was thanks to the generous IBC donors that the blood products were available that kept her alive.

The Alkire family wants to “pay it back” and replenish Indiana Blood Center’s supply, so they are hosting a blood drive Saturday, Aug. 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sheffield Fire Department, 285 Market Street, in Dayton.

The family’s goal is 100 units of blood — repaying all the units Kennedy used in her surgery. Click here if you would like to schedule an appointment for Saturday.

Additionally, tune in to News 18 This Weekend to learn more about Kennedy’s cause and if the family met their goal. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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