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Donor Stories

Kenneth of Meriden, Connecticut says when his baby daughter required surgery, he realized that blood donation was vitally important for helping to save the lives of infants. Although Ken donated blood in high school,  he didn’t realize then how essential blood donations are to patients in need. His daughter, Melissa was born with a congenital heart condition and lost her battle with heart disease when she was 17. Melissa spent almost a month in the hospital when she was born and required multiple blood transfusions. When Melissa was born, Ken began to donate blood regularly and in the last 20 years has donated over seven gallons.  Now Ken donates with his 19 year old son Zechariah, who also started donating blood in high school. Thank you Kenneth and Zech for helping to save lives in memory of Melissa.

—In Memory of Melissa
 

REDS-III Research Program

Connecticut Region is pleased to announce its selection for participation in the REDS-III research program. Click here to learn more.

 

Babesia Investigational Study

The Connecticut Blood Services Region is participating in a Babesia Investigational Study at select blood drives. Click here to learn more.

 

News

November 20, 2017
The holidays are known for the giving spirit and a hectic pace. This holiday season, the American Red Cross is sharing three ways to give the gift of life in less time.   At this time of year many regular blood and platelet donors delay giving due to busy schedules – but the need for...
November 15, 2017
FARMINGTON, Conn — Family, friends, and residents of Cheshire are invited to once again take part in a semi-annual event that has collected thousands of lifesaving units of blood in memory of an 11-year-old girl. The Katherine Toce Memorial blood drive will take place Saturday, December 2,...
 

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Diversity Program

Many racial and ethnic groups have rare blood types that are much more common than in other populations. As a result, a rare blood type patient with a disease such as sickle cell anemia is more likely to find a match among donors of the same ethnic or racial background.  Please click here to learn more.