Red Cross blood drive Feb. 8 in Hartland in memory of childhood cancer victims
HARTLAND, Wis. (Feb. 4, 2014) — The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive Feb. 8 at Lake Country Lutheran High School in Hartland in memory of Jack Bartosz and Christopher Schraufnagel, who died of cancer in 2012. Bartosz died at 10 after a seven-year battle with neuroblastoma, and Schraufnagel died at 8 after a 17-month battle with brain cancer. Both received multiple blood transfusions while undergoing chemotherapy treatment.
Winter storms and freezing temperatures forced the Red Cross to cancel about 770 blood drives in January, resulting in more than 25,000 uncollected blood and platelet donations. Historically, during the winter months, fewer donors make time to give blood because of competing activities, inclement weather and seasonal illnesses. However, every day, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 pints of blood to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country, including 46 in Wisconsin. Blood donations of all types are needed to maintain an adequate supply for patients, and donors with types O negative, O positive, B negative and A negative are especially encouraged to give.
WHAT: Jack Bartosz and Christopher Schraufnagel Memorial Blood Drive
WHEN: Feb. 8 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
WHERE: Lake Country Lutheran High School, 401 Campus Drive, Hartland, WI 53029
GIVEAWAYS: All presenting donors will receive a sub from The Picnic Basket Restaurant and a coupon for a pint of frozen custard from Culver’s
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.