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Live. Give. Life. blood drive dedicated to Sam Powers

Midwest

May 23, 2013
 
WOODBINE, Iowa — Blood drives are a natural way for students to help save lives. In fact, about 20 percent of American Red Cross donations come from high school and college blood drives during the school year. But blood donations at these drives drop by more than 80 percent when schools are out for summer.
 
The Live. Give. Life. summer program gives young blood drive coordinators and donors the chance to stay involved. For 2013 Woodbine High School graduate Chris Andersen, the cause was personal.
 
In November 2012, fellow Woodbine High School senior Sam Powers was diagnosed with large B-cell lymphoma, a cancer affecting a type of cell that helps the body fight infections. Since Powers began treatment, he has received more than 50 blood products.
 
“You never stop to think about how a simple act of giving blood can help someone and now it truly hits close to home,” said Andersen. “By organizing this blood drive, we want Sam to know we support him 100 percent.”
 
Sam’s mother Dawn Powers credits blood products for being part of the cure for her son. “We are honored and thankful for the work on this blood drive in Sam’s name. Without the blood products, Sam would not be where he is today. Blood products give Sam the strength to continue with treatment.”
 
The  blood drive gives the students of Woodbine High School and the community another way to support the Powers family. Blood collected at the blood drive in Sam’s honor may help many types of patients, including those battling leukemia and other forms of cancer. In fact, some cancer patients require daily blood transfusions as part of their treatment. 
 
The blood drive in Sam’s honor will be Thurs., June 6 from noon to 6 p.m. at Woodbine High School, 501 Weare St. in Woodbine.  Appointments to donate can be made by calling Andersen at 712-592-1161 or by visiting redcrossblood.org (enter sponsor code 009439).
 
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.
 
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