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Serving Wisconsin, Upper Michigan (UP), Eastern Iowa and parts of Illinois

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There are two sides to Laddie Jankura’s association with the American Red Cross.   Since 1964, he has been a regular blood donor. But that all changed about seven years ago when he became a blood recipient.   “I was scheduled to give blood at the Holy Name of Jesus Church in Henderson, Ky.,” Laddie remembered. “During that week, I was told by my doctor to take some medication to reduce swelling in my knee. But my reaction to the medication was severe and resulted in me being admitted to the hospital. I received two units of blood.”   But convincing eligible and infrequent donors to become regular donors is difficult. “It has to be a priority to that person,” said Laddie. “You have to just put it on your calendar. I think for some people, all of a sudden, it becomes an issue and then you see how easy it is to do.”   Laddie is close to reaching a milestone of becoming a 14-gallon donor. “I started [giving blood] when I lived in Ohio (Cleveland) and I’d leave my night job baking all night and then go donate blood,” he says.   “We all are not all inclined or able to be in the medical field and save lives,” said Laddie. “But we all can help save lives by donating the ‘Gift of Life.’ It only takes about an hour.”   And, for Laddie, that message is especially important.   “You can never tell when you might need the gift of life,” Laddie said.
—Laddie Jankura
 

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Those who participate in donating blood or platelets May 27-31 will receive a free Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.
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News

May 23, 2016
Donors can choose their day to help save lives during summer awareness campaign   Madison, Wis. (5/23/16) — The American Red Cross urges blood and platelet donors to choose their day to give and help ensure blood is available for patients all summer long during its annual summer...
May 19, 2016
  SAUK CITY, Wis. (May 19, 2016) — The family of Logan Heiser is hosting a blood drive at River Hills Community Church on Thursday, June 2 from 1 to 6 p.m. The entire community is invited to donate blood in his memory. 
 

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