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June 22 blood drive in La Vista honors memory of Blake Roux

Midwest

June 10, 2013
 
LA VISTA, Neb. – Jenny Roux of Papillion, Neb. would describe her son, Blake Roux, as one in a million – and he truly was. Blake was born in 2010 with a rare and serious chromosome disorder, which caused multiple abnormalities.
 
Carl and Jenny Roux family's connection with the Red Cross began on the day of Blake's birth. Blake received two units of blood that day during surgery and his mother received five following complications during the delivery.
 
Roux knew that her time with her precious baby would be short, but she credits two more major surgeries and multiple blood transfusions with extending his life.
 
"Without the blood transfusions, I don't know that he would have even had the 10 months we had with him," said Roux. She credits the blood transfusions with saving her life and allowing her the time to be with Blake before he passed away in February 2011.
 
This June, Roux invites family, friends and members of the community to give blood to honor Blake’s memory during the Family and Friends of Blake Roux Blood Drive. 
 
Family and Friends of Blake Roux Blood Drive
Saturday, June 22 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
La Vista Community Center – gym, at 8116 Parkview Blvd in La Vista
To make an appointment, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org (enter sponsor code 0092859).
 
The blood drive comes at an important time for the Red Cross. Historically, during the summer months of June, July and August, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. But, this seasonal challenge can be overcome two generous donors at a time, at every blood drive, every day.
 
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 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
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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.
 
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