QUINCY, Ill. (August 5, 2010) – Down the street and across the country there are patients in need of lifesaving blood. Quincy residents can be a summer lifesaver and make a difference in the lives of others by donating blood at Ethan's Rodeo Blood Round Up Blood Drive on Saturday, August 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Quincy American Red Cross Blood Donation Center.
Ethan Weiman was just 3 years old when his parents, Dave and Alicia were told he had neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer that accounts for 15 percent of all childhood cancer deaths. Ethan was just 4 ½ years old when he died in June, 2009. "Ethan loved being a cowboy," his mother Alicia remembers. "He always wore a cowboy hat, cowboy shirt and cowboy boots." His love of cowboys is the Weiman's inspiration for Ethan's Rodeo and Ethan's Rodeo Blood Round Up.
"Ethan received multiple whole blood and platelet transfusions during his treatments," Alicia says. "That is why we are holding this blood drive, and all proceeds from the rodeo a week later will go to neuroblastoma research."
"Every day, blood is needed for people with blood disorders, cancer patients, transplant recipients, trauma victims and many others," said Shelly Heiden, CEO, of Heart of America Red Cross Blood Services region. "When you give blood, you reach out to help those in need."
Ethan's Rodeo Blood Round Up Blood Drive
Saturday, August 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
American Red Cross Blood Donation Center
3000 N. 23rd Street
All presenting donors are eligible to win hourly drawings including Red Cross teddy bears, and tickets to Ethan's Rodeo on August 21.
And, thanks to a generous donation by the Ford Motor Company, the Red Cross is giving away a 2011 Ford Fiesta to one lucky winner. From now until Nov. 1, 2010, all presenting donors can register online at redcrossracing.com for a chance to win. It's the Red Cross' way of saying thank you to committed blood and platelet donors.
When you roll up your sleeve to donate through the American Red Cross, that single act can turn heartbreak into hope for patients and their families. During the summer, when blood donations tend to slow, eligible blood donors are needed even more. A chance to win. A reason to give. Please schedule an appointment to donate blood today.
To find out more about Ethan's Rodeo visit ethansrodeo.com or call 217-243-7672.
How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. Apheresis can call Candace Weeks at 217-224-7811 to schedule an appointment. Appointments are required. 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 permission 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
Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation's blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.