Darien Police, YMCA to hold blood drive for son of police officer

The Darien Police Department, in partnership with the Darien YMCA, is going to host a community blood drive at the Darien YMCA in honor of Quinn Waters, May 6. Waters has been battling pediatric brain cancer.

The Darien Police Department, in partnership with the Darien YMCA, is going to host a community blood drive at the Darien YMCA in honor of Quinn Waters, May 6. Waters has been battling pediatric brain cancer.

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The Darien Police Department, in partnership with the Darien YMCA is going to host a community blood drive at the YMCA in honor of Quinn Waters, know as “The Mighty Quinn.”

Waters, the five-year-old son of a Massachusetts police officer, has spent much of his life battling pediatric brain cancer. Quinn gained local notoriety in as his hometown and beyond have followed his journey.

Following the recent news that his cancer has returned, the family has asked blood donations. His mom, Officer Tara Waters with the Quincy Police Department said, “During his sickest times, Quinn needed multiple platelet transfusions a day, showing us how critical blood donations are.”

In response to the family's request, the Darien Police Department, along with the Darien YMCA have scheduled a blood drive on May 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the gymnasium of the Darien YMCA at 2420 Post Road, in Darien.

For more information or to make an appointment to donate, sign up online at www.redcrossblood.org with sponsor code Quinn, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment.

“We urge community members to donate blood and help ensure that Quinn and his family has what he needs to keep fighting,” Officer Kate Gelineau of the Darien Police Department, said.