Eligible blood donors of all blood types – especially type O – are urged to give blood through the American Red Cross now to help ensure a sufficient supply for hospital patients this spring.
By giving blood, donors may be helping someone like 5-year-old Emery Twehues, who was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia last spring. During her intense cancer treatments, Emery has needed both blood and platelets. Cancers, such as leukemia and lymphoma, and certain types of chemotherapy drugs and radiation can damage the bone marrow, where red blood cells and platelets are produced.
“Emery would not be able to recover from chemotherapy without lifesaving transfusions,” said her mom, Morgan Twehues. “Every time they hang a bag of platelets or blood up on her IV pole, I wish whoever donated that could see who it’s going to. There would be no chance for her to live, taking that chemotherapy, if it weren’t for the blood products.”
In order to meet the needs of patients like Emery, the Red Cross must collect about 13,000 blood and more than 2,500 platelet donations every day.
Make an appointment to help save lives now by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation opportunities in the Upper Peninsula:
3/28/2019: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Delta Plaza Mall, 301 N Lincoln
4/9/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Delta Plaza Mall, 301 N Lincoln
4/10/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Delta Plaza Mall, 301 N Lincoln
4/11/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Heirman University Center, 2001 Lincoln
3/27/2019: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Bay College West, 2801 N US 2
4/16/2019: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 395 Hamilton
3/20/2019: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Memorial Building, 213 S Marquette St
4/10/2019: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Northern Michigan University Library, 1401 Presque Isle
4/9/2019: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Carney Nadeau High School, 151 North Hwy 41
4/5/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Bark River High School, Hwy 41
4/2/2019: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 2901 13th St
4/5/2019: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., North Central High School, W3795 US Hwy 2/41
Upcoming blood donation opportunities in WIsconsin:
4/10/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Hurley Elementary School, 5503 W Rangeview Drive
3/29/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Coleman Schools District Office, Hwy 141
3/22/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Crivitz High School, 400 S Ave
3/20/2019: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Pine Tree Mall, 2800 Roosevelt Rd
4/8/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Beecher Town Hall, W7971 County Rd Z
4/17/2019: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Wausaukee High School, WI Hwy 141
3/27/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Westfield Area High School, N7046 Cty Rd CH
4/3/2019: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., AmericInn, 648 W Kemp St
4/9/2019: 12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m., St Peters Church, 5001 County Road G
How to donate blood Simply download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.