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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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What's Happening

Donors can now complete a portion of their health history online with RapidPass!
Presenting donors in Northeast WI will receive a coupon for a free small McCafe beverage to participating McDonalds in Northeast Wisconsin and the UP until Sept 6.
Students ages 16-24 can participate in the Leaders Save Lives program to earn gift cards and scholarships!
 

News

July 14, 2015
    American Red Cross blood and platelet donors can now help save lives in less time by using the new Red Cross RapidPass online health history system. RapidPass streamlines the donation experience by allowing donors to complete pre-donation reading and health history questions online...
July 1, 2015
The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to make an appointment now to give blood or platelets and help prevent a summer shortage.
 

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