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Wallace High School blood drive to celebrate current and former students who’ve battled cancer

Midwest

November 19, 2013
 
WALLACE, Neb. – As Thanksgiving approaches, many people reflect on their blessings and look for ways to give back to in their community or to someone less fortunate. Giving just an hour of your time and donating blood could give a patient needing blood the most valuable gift of all – the gift of life. This November, the American Red Cross and Wallace High School (WHS) are encouraging all eligible donors to give back by donating blood.
 
On Nov. 27, the WHS Student Council will be hosting the Wallace High School Gives Thanks Blood Drive. The blood drive honors current and former WHS students who have battled cancer and required blood products during their treatment
 
Among those being recognized is WHS graduate Jessica (Smith) Vapenik. Vapenik was diagnosed with lymphoma earlier this year and is currently undergoing treatment.
 
The blood drive also honors Blake Pelster, the son of Matt and Kassie Pelster, who attends Wallace Junior High. Blake was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 3 years old and battled cancer twice. Blake is now healthy and this fall played on the Wallace Junior High Wildcats football team.
 
Blood drive organizers also want to thank the community’s blood donors who help ensure that blood is available for patients like Blake and Vapenik. Blood collected at the Wallace High School Gives Thanks Blood Drive may help many types of patients, including those battling leukemia and other forms of cancer.
 
Wallace High School Gives Thanks Blood Drive
Nov. 27 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wallace High School, 151 N. Wallace Rd., Wallace, Neb.
To make an appointment, call Wallace High School at 308-387-4323 or visit redcrossblood.org.
 
With fewer blood drives during Thanksgiving week, it’s important for eligible donors to give at the Wallace High School Gives Thanks Blood Drive to meet the needs of patients. All blood types are needed, especially O negative, A negative, B negative and AB positive or negative.
 
“While the need for blood is ongoing, the supply isn’t – especially around the holidays,” said Tricia Quinn, CEO of the Red Cross Midwest Blood Services Region. “Long holiday weekends pose an extra challenge when many donors are traveling to be with family and friends. Without the generosity of volunteer blood donors, we would not be able to ensure a stable blood supply for patients like Jessica and Blake.”
 
In appreciation, all who present to give at the Wallace High School Gives Thanks Blood Drive will receive a red, commemorative Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.
 
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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