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Red Cross blood drive to honor Omaha fifth grader

Midwest

April 23, 2014
 
OMAHA, Neb. — Friends of Rohwer Elementary School fifth grader Nick Foxworthy are hosting a blood drive in his honor on May 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Millard Social Hall in Omaha. Nick, the son of Larry and Shelly Foxworthy, was recently diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a blood disorder, and has required multiple blood transfusions.
 
Blood drive organizer Terri Curtis said Nick’s aplastic anemia diagnosis and need for blood inspired her to take action.
 
“He’s a special kid,” said Curtis, whose son plays basketball and baseball with Nick. “I’ve known Nick since he was 5 years old. His diagnosis has been an eye opener for all of us and hits close to home. The blood drive is a way to show support for Nick and do something for the community.”
 
Blood drive in honor of Nick Foxworthy:
May 4 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Millard Social Hall, 10508 S. 144th St., in Omaha, Neb.
 
To make an appointment, contact Terri Curtis at 402-670-8943 or tcurtiscm@hotmail.com. Appointments can also be made online at redcrossblood.org (enter sponsor code 0092919).
 
Blood collected at the blood drive in honor of Nick Foxworthy may be used for trauma victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, premature babies and patients with cancer or blood disorders.
 
How to donate blood
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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