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Red Cross Honors Diskin at Blood Drive February 28

Central Plains Blood Services Region

February 16, 2012
 

Last month at the age of 65, Verl Diskin died suddenly.

St. Paul lost a valuable member of the community, and the American Red Cross lost a dedicated blood drive coordinator and longtime blood donor. In fact, last summer Verl Diskin received his 13 gallon pin, and in December 2011, donated his 106th pint of blood.

“This drive means a lot to our family because giving blood and coordinating the blood drives in our area meant so much to Verl,” said his wife Carol Diskin.

In 2005, Verl Diskin approached Red Cross donor recruiter Debbie Cox about starting a drive in St. Paul.

“I still remember the day Verl came up to me at the Erie blood drive,” said Cox. “He was convinced there were enough donors in St. Paul to support a blood drive of its own, and he was right.”

According to Carol Diskin, 105 people came to the first St. Paul blood drive that year, and 90 units of blood were collected. She added, “Several local groups stepped up to provide cookies and other food in the canteen. Verl never had problems finding volunteers.”

As a result of Verl Diskin’s perseverance, the St. Paul drive grew from one or two drives each year, to the point now where St. Paul and Erie rotate having a drive close to every 56 days, the amount of time a person must wait between donations. Verl Diskin was such a strong believer in blood donation, that each year he invited Cox to speak at St. Paul High School to educate students about the blood donation process. Last year, he and his wife Carol established a scholarship for high school blood donors to encourage their participation at the St. Paul blood drives.

“Verl was a remarkable person and amazingly dedicated supporter of Red Cross,” said Cox. “He will be greatly missed by everyone in this community.”

The St. Paul / Erie Blood Drive will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28 at St. Francis Parish Hall, St. Paul, Kan.

Over the years, Verl donated 106 pints of blood, and may have helped more than 300 hospital patients, a significant contribution to people across Kansas.

“Verl believed in the importance of giving blood,” said Carol Diskin. “And just like many things he did, Verl got behind it and gave it his all. I hope people will join our family in giving blood at this drive in his memory!”

 

How to Donate Blood:
Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or log on to redcrossblood.org for more information or to schedule a blood donation appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors 18 and younger. Visit redcrossblood.org to learn more.

 

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.

 

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Note to Editors: Carol Diskin is available for interviews and may be reached at 620-449-2704 or on her cell phone at 620-724-0297. Debbie Cox is also available for interviews and can be reached at 316-641-3597.