Heart of America
Eligible donors asked to give honoring toddler who touched so many lives
For the third year in a row, the American Red Cross is holding a blood drive in honor of Dax Locke on Thursday, September 22 at Five Points in Washington.
Dax Locke was diagnosed with AML M7 Leukemia in August of 2008. For the next year and a half, Dax fought a brave battle at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. During that time, Dax received two bone marrow transplants and numerous blood transfusions. Unfortunately, on December 30, 2009 Dax passed away at the age of 2. During his short life, Dax touched the lives of many. As a tribute to Dax and all St. Jude children and their families, the Red Cross is asking eligible donors to give blood and help others in need.
“It’s important to have a stable blood supply at all times to help ensure we are prepared to meet the needs of patients in every emergency, and donating blood is an easy way to help others,” said Shelly Heiden, CEO of the Heart of America Blood Services region. “It can take up to three days for donated blood to be tested and processed, and made available for patients. It’s the blood on the shelf today that can save the day when an emergency or disaster strikes. Donors are encouraged to give blood each time they are eligible; every 56 days for whole blood donations and 112 days for double red cell donations.”
While all blood types are needed to maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients, right now there is a special need for types O negative, B negative and A negative blood donors. Rh negative blood types are always in high demand, because they potentially can be transfused to patients with Rh positive or Rh negative blood types.
The stability of our nation’s blood supply is in the hands of healthy, volunteer blood donors who give generously for others in need. Schedule an appointment to donate today to help the Red Cross prepare for the needs of patients across the country.
3ND Annual Donate for Dax Blood Drive
Thursday, September 22, 2011
From 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Five Points Washington
360 N. Wilmor
Washington, Il 61571
How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (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 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.