American Red Cross blood drive honoring Rose Mary Buffalo in Carlisle
CARLISLE, Ark. (July 7, 2014) — Rose Mary Buffalo will be remembered at a Red Cross blood drive in her honor on July 18. Rose Mary’s son, Mark Buffalo, says the blood drive is dedicated to his mother’s legacy and her commitment to the community of Carlisle, “She just touched so many lives in the community. This is a way that her legacy can continue.”
Rose Mary was editor of the Carlisle Independent newspaper for 13 years. She was dedicated to serving those around her and even received special awards and recognition from the Carlisle Alumni Association. “She was the go-to person in Carlisle when anybody needed anything. Everyone knew they could count on her,” said Mark.
Rose Mary lost her fight with cancer in 2008. During her year long bout with the disease, Rose Mary received numerous blood transfusions. Mark says he now understands the need for blood and how important it was in his mother’s treatment. “Mom went through chemotherapy and radiation and she needed those blood transfusions. I want Arkansans to be aware of the need in our state and our community.”
In memory of Rose Mary Buffalo blood drive:
July 18 from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Carlisle Civic Center
215 S. Court St. in Carlisle, Ark.
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 Arkansas), 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.