Red Cross hosts Elaine community blood drive in honor of 16-year-old blood recipient
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The trip home following a high school football game would forever transform Kaleb “Pud” Faulkner’s life. On Sept. 6, the 16-year-old, newly licensed driver was involved in a car accident just three miles from his house. Now on the road to recovery, Kaleb’s family is partnering with the American Red Cross to help recruit blood donors for a community blood drive in Elaine, Ark., on Nov. 1.
Due to the accident, Kaleb’s right leg was amputated below the knee. His pelvis was broken, as well as the femur in his right leg. After eight surgeries, nearly 20 pints of blood and a five-week hospital stay, Kaleb is back home recovering and ready to help others.
“This community has helped us so much,” said Anna Faulkner, Kaleb’s mother. “We want to do whatever we can, whenever we can, to help others. Kaleb received quite a bit of blood, and it helped save his life. We want to make sure blood is there for others who might need it.”
Prior to his accident, Kaleb loved to play baseball. He is a candidate for a prosthetic leg that will allow him to continue to play in the future. According to his mother, Kaleb’s positive attitude has never wavered throughout the entire ordeal, despite his young age.
“The need for blood doesn’t discriminate based on how old or young you are,” said Michele Wright, Ph.D., CEO of the Red Cross Greater Ozarks-Arkansas Blood Services Region. “Traumatic accidents and other health conditions can strike when a family least suspects it. Blood donors help the Red Cross ensure blood is available when it is needed.”
Kaleb’s accident actually wasn’t the first time he needed blood products. As an infant, Kaleb had to be admitted to the hospital and required a platelet transfusion, as well.
Elaine community blood drive honoring Kaleb “Pud” Faulkner:
Someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds. The need for blood is constant, especially types O negative, A negative and B negative. The American Red Cross must collect about 15,000 donations a day for patients at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers.
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 @RedCrossBldGOA.