Blood drive April 18 in Saukville in honor of woman fighting cancer
SAUKVILLE, Wis. (April 10, 2014) — The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive April 18 at Living Hope Lutheran Church in Saukville, with Christ the King Lutheran Church in Port Washington serving as cosponsor of the drive in honor of Pat Baganz.
A Red Cross blood drive coordinator, Baganz, of Grafton, has undergone chemotherapy and surgery while battling ovarian cancer. “I have always assumed the people receiving my blood were victims of accidents or women in childbirth,” said Baganz, a blood donor for more than 30 years. “It didn’t occur to me that people with cancer would have surgeries that might necessitate a blood transfusion. So it came as a surprise when the nurse admitting me for my ovarian cancer surgery asked if I would accept a transfusion if necessary. Fortunately, I didn’t need one, but I am so grateful that blood donors would have made that lifesaving transfusion a possibility.”
Donors of all blood types are needed, especially those with O positive, O negative, B negative and A negative. Type AB blood, which contains the universal plasma type, is also needed – a type possessed by a mere 4 percent of the U.S. population. The Red Cross must collect 15,000 pints of blood every day to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country, including 46 in Wisconsin. And red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets just five days, so they have to be constantly replenished.
To make a blood donation appointment, please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org. Walk-ins are also welcome. For more information about the blood drive, please contact Baganz at 262-353-6555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT: Blood drive in honor of Pat Baganz
WHEN: April 18 from noon to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Living Hope Lutheran Church
851 W. Dekora St.
Saukville, WI 53080
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.