American Red Cross, B97.9 to honor Sikeston-area child
Blood drive scheduled in honor of Marshall Pullen
SIKESTON, Mo. (May 20, 2013) –Three-year-old Marshall Pullen was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor in July 2012. As he continues his battle nearly a year later, the American Red Cross and New Country B97.9 invite the Sikeston community to help him and others like him by giving blood in Marshall’s honor on June 6.
In addition to radiation and chemotherapy, Marshall has received several transfusions of blood and platelets. Blood drive organizers said they hope to raise awareness about the importance of donating blood, not just for Marshall but for patients of all ages.
Marshall Pullen Blood Drive
June 6 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Sikeston Factory Outlet Stores
100 Outlet Drive in Sikeston, Mo.
Every presenting donor at the Marshall Pullen Blood Drive will receive a specially designed St. Louis Cardinals T-shirt, while supplies last. Blood donated at the Marshall Pullen Blood Drive could help many patients, including cancer patients, accident victims, premature babies and those undergoing surgery.
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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.