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Bigelow High School students host Red Cross blood drive in honor of breast cancer patient Nicole Evans

Greater Ozarks-Arkansas

March 14, 2014
 

BIGELOW, Ark.  — The American Red Cross empowers ordinary people to do extraordinary things. March is Red Cross Month, a great time to celebrate and recognize everyday heroes in the community – those who help their neighbors by giving blood, learning lifesaving skills, volunteering or making a financial contribution to the Red Cross.

On Friday, March 21, Bigelow High School’s National Honor Society and the Red Cross are inviting community members to discover their inner hero and give blood in honor of Nicole Evans.

Evans, the high school’s distance education coordinator, was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year. The mother of three has always been an advocate for students and approaches life with a positive outlook. She is currently undergoing treatment and may need blood products to help keep her healthy during her fight.

“The kids really love her, and they wanted to do something to show support for her as she faces this health challenge,” said Jenna Warren, Red Cross blood drive coordinator and Bigelow High School’s National Honor Society advisor. “They thought hosting a blood drive and doing something good in her honor would be a great way to help her and others facing this same fight.”

The students are setting their sights high for the drive, hoping to collect 50 blood donations to help patients in need. According to Warren, Evans’ cheerful, determined attitude has rubbed off on the students at the school.

“We’re all sure she’s going to beat this,” she said. “She inspires people to look for ways to turn something difficult into something positive.”

The students helping with the blood drive prove that it doesn’t take a cape, super powers or a secret identity to be a hero. Everyday heroes enable the Red Cross to respond to disasters, both large and small, here and around the world; help members of the military; provide about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and teach lifesaving skills.

Give blood in honor of Nicole Evans:

March 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Bigelow High School, 114 Panther Drive, in Bigelow.

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.