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Sept. 3 Harlan blood drive to be held in honor of 5-year-old Izabela Clark

Midwest

August 26, 2013
 
HARLAN, Iowa – The Sept. 3 American Red Cross blood drive in Harlan, Iowa, is an opportunity for the community to show its support for 5-year-old Izabela Clark, who has leukemia, and help save the lives of others in need of blood transfusions.
 
Izabela, the daughter of Cory and Katie Clark, was originally diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in March 2010. In February 2013, doctors determined that the disease had relapsed.
 
Both leukemia and its treatments have affected the production of healthy blood cells in Izabela’s body. Katie Clark said that Izabela has received more than 15 transfusions of blood products and is expected to require additional transfusions during her bone marrow transplant and recovery.
 
“Blood products have been a relief throughout Izabela’s cancer journey,” said Katie Clark.  “They were essential to her when her body was not capable of producing the blood cells on its own.”
 
Blood drive in honor of Izabela Clark
Tues., Sept. 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Veteran’s Memorial Bulding at 1104 Morningview Dr. in Harlan
To make an appointment, please call Anita Nichols at 712-755-5221 or visit redcrossblood.org.
 
Blood collected at the Harlan community blood drive 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 honor of Izabella Clark comes at an important time for the Red Cross. While it is challenging to collect enough blood to meet patient needs during the summer, blood donations especially drop around the Labor Day holiday. While all blood types are needed, the Red Cross currently has an urgent need for types O negative, A negative and B negative blood.
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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
 
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