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Franklin Donor Day blood drive held in honor of Williamson County residents Jessica Wolstenholm and her mother, Janet Giglione

Tennessee Valley

May 29, 2015

Franklin Donor Day blood drive held in honor of Williamson County residents Jessica Wolstenholm and her mother, Janet Giglione

Williamson County community encouraged to give blood

(From Left: Jessica Wolstenholm and Janet Giglione)


The American Red Cross is proud to hold this year’s Franklin Donor Day blood drive in honor of Williamson County residents Jessica Wolstenholm and her mother, Janet Giglione. The special event will be held on June 10 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at The Factory at Franklin.


Before 2010, Jessica Wolstenholm’s closest encounter with blood donations was giving in college, but when she endured an ectopic pregnancy and needed a blood transfusion at Williamson Medical Center, her perspective about the importance of donating blood changed. “I used to be scared to give but after what I have been through, I feel very different,” said Wolstenholm. “It’s an easy process. Medical issues happen on a daily basis and the need is vast. That motivated me to give and get over my fear.”

Two years after Wolstenholm’s transfusion, her mother Janet Giglione, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Throughout her cancer treatments, Giglione needed several units of blood products. Unfortunately, Giglione passed away 10 months after her diagnosis. Wolstenholm says her life experiences have taught her that donating blood is one way she can pay it forward. “It’s the least we can do,” said Wolstenholm. “I know most people have aversions to giving because they feel it’s an inconvenience or they think it may be painful, but just think about all the people who are going through a health issue. It’s a good way to give back to people who are in a really vulnerable time. It’s a blessing to them to give back to people in need.”


In addition to emergencies that occur throughout the year, vacations and summer activities often result in a decline in blood donations during the summer. During the months of June, July and August, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. This can add up to more than 100,000 fewer donations during the summer. This seasonal challenge can be overcome when at least two more donors give blood or platelets at every Red Cross blood drive this summer, above what’s expected.”


All presenting donors who attend the Franklin Donor Day blood drive on June 10 will receive a Red Cross t-shirt, a coupon for free Culver’s ice cream and a Chick-fil-A coupon, while supplies last.


Donate Blood in Honor of Jessica Wolstenholm and Janet Giglione


Wednesday, June 10

10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Factory at Franklin

230 Franklin Road, Franklin TN


To make an appointment to donate, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit and enter sponsor code: Franklin19 or call 1-800-RED Cross


How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit 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 (16 with parental consent in some states), 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.


About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.