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Running group organizes Red Cross blood drive in honor of Saline County cancer patient Jerry Buck

Greater Ozarks-Arkansas

March 12, 2014
 

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The bonds formed in one Saline County jogging group are spurring its members to try and make a difference for patients by hosting a blood drive in honor of Jerry Buck on March 27.

Jerry was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer in January and is currently undergoing chemotherapy and radiation to combat the disease. So far, he has required eight units of blood products to help him through his treatments. His wife, Krista, is a member of the running group.

“We thought this would be a good way to honor Jerry, while maybe helping him and others who need blood,” said Jami Nalley, a member of the running group and blood drive coordinator. “I lost my mother in 1998 to breast cancer, but I know how important blood and platelets were during her treatment. It’s something that’s near and dear to me.”

According to Nalley, the members of the group initially met during a local clinic. They continued to run together, now considering themselves more family than just friends.

“We don’t just run together,” Nalley said. “This running group acts as a support group, as well. So, we just thought this would be a good way to reach out and help.”

Someone in the U.S. needs blood approximately every two seconds. Last year, 1.6 million people were diagnosed with cancer, and many of them need blood products throughout their treatments.

“Blood donation is something simple people can do to help,” said Scott Caswell, CEO of the Greater Ozarks-Arkansas Blood Services Region. “That patient in need could be your neighbor or a stranger. Either way, your donation could help save lives.”

Give blood in honor of Jerry Buck:

March 27 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at First Assembly of God–Benton, 1801 Hot Springs Highway, Benton, 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 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 @RedCross.Running group points to purple ribbons showing support for Jerry and pancreatic cancer patients.