Blood drive May 6 in Kewaskum in honor of high school teachers
KEWASKUM, Wis. (April 17, 2014) — The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive May 6 at Kewaskum Middle School in honor of Kewaskum High School teachers Stacy LaRonge and Dan Ross, who received two blood transfusions while recovering from a kidney transplant.
Ross was diagnosed last year with polycystic kidney disease, and LaRonge volunteered her kidney to start a donation chain, which ended with Ross finding a viable, healthy match. “If someone needs help and you can help, you should,” LaRonge said.
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 Kim Longdin at email@example.com.
WHAT: Blood drive in honor of Stacy LaRonge and Dan Ross
WHEN: May 6 from noon to 6 p.m.
WHERE: Kewaskum Middle School Gymnasium
1676 Reigle Drive
Kewaskum, WI 53040
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.