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Red Cross kicks off summer campaign over Memorial Day weekend.

Central Plains Blood Services Region

May 23, 2014

WICHITA, Kan. (May 21, 2014) — The American Red Cross kicks off its 100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope. campaign on May 24, reminding blood donors that they can give hope to patients by rolling up a sleeve.

School nurse Alicia Dunn know firsthand of the importance of blood donations. Her husband, John Sills, battled non-Hodgkin’s and Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for 16 months before passing away in March, 2009. During his cancer fight, he received approximately 61 pints of blood and blood products.

“My daughter and I are so thankful for the time we had with John,” said Dunn. “We can never repay the generous blood donors who helped give us that time, but we can pay it forward.”

100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope. runs through Sept. 1. All summer, the Red Cross will encourage at least two more donors to give blood at each Red Cross blood drive – above what is expected. Individuals can visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to choose a day to donate and help sustain adequate supplies over the summer months.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

May 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wichita Blood Donation Center, 707 N. Main St., Wichita

May 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wichita Blood Donation Center, 707 N. Main St., Wichita

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.