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Blood drive in memory of Rylee Bostwick

INDEPENDENCE, Ky. (WKRC) -- A Northern Kentucky community is coming together to honor the memory of a young girl who died four years ago.

It's every parent's worst nightmare, losing a child, especially at such a young age. That's what happened to Marc and Robin Bostwick in July 2010.

Their daughter Rylee was just 10 months old when she died of a liver disease.

Marc Bostwick tells me his daughter was healthy for the first three months of her life. After that, he says it was a roller coaster of complications.

Doctors at Cincinnati Children's Hospital found problems with Rylee's heart, lungs, and what proved to be the most problematic issue, her liver.

It's been four years since she passed, but Marc, Robin, and the rest of the community here in Independence have certainly not forgotten little Rylee.

They're asking for your help. Marc said if it hadn't been for the donated blood used for Rylee's many transfusions, she probably wouldn't have lived as long as she did.

He says this is his way of keeping his daughter's memory alive, while helping others at the same time.

"You never know when a loved one or a friend or something is going to happen to them and they're going to need it," said Marc Bostwick. "Hoxworth will tell you that they need donors every single day to meet the needs of all the local hospitals that need it for their patients."

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