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Red Cross blood drive in Mount Ayr to be held in honor of Marie Burmeister


March 6, 2014
MOUNT AYR, Iowa — For Phil and Marie Burmeister’s family, Christmas came early in 2013. On Dec. 13, Marie Burmeister received what she calls the best Christmas present ever – a new liver.
In 2010, Marie Burmeister was diagnosed with a fatty liver. Fifteen months later, she received the devastating diagnosis of chronic liver disease. The disease steadily progressed, resulting in seven hospitalizations in the second half of 2013. A liver transplant became critical to Marie Burmeister’s health.
During the seven hour surgery at The Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb., Marie Burmeister received not only a new liver but also 24 units of blood products. The Burmeister family is grateful to both the liver donor and the blood and platelet donors who helped save Marie Burmeister’s life.
“Thanks to all of you who donate blood for those in need,” said Phil Burmeister, a regular blood donor until a health condition rendered him unable to give. “You are lifesavers. Your gifts of life made this Christmas special for our family.”
On March 18, the Mount Ayr community is invited to give blood with the American Red Cross in honor of Marie Burmeister. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.
Give blood in honor of Marie Burmeister:
Tuesday, March 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at First Christian Church, 201 W. Monroe, in Mount Ayr, Iowa.
To make an appointment, call Bev McGinnis at 641-464-3562.
Each pint of blood collected during the blood drive in honor of Marie Burmeister has the potential to help as many as three patients. Donated blood may be used for organ transplant patients, trauma victims, heart surgery patients, premature babies, patients with complications during childbirth, and for patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or other diseases, such as sickle cell disease.
How to donate blood
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 Iowa), 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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.