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American Red Cross blood drive in memory of Michael Dean

Missouri-Illinois

February 19, 2013
 

Family and friends continue to give in his honor

 

JOHNSTON CITY, Ill. (Feb. 19, 2013) –  For the seventh consecutive year, friends and family of Michael Dean are partnering with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive in Dean’s memory. Dean was 25 when he died from injuries suffered in a car crash on Route 13 in Illinois in 2006. The seventh annual Michael Dean Memorial Blood Drive will be held March 5 in Johnston City, Ill.

Dean was active in the community as a sports broadcaster for local teams and member of the First Christian Church of West Frankfort, Ill. As a student at Johnston City High School, he volunteered at Red Cross blood drives held on the school campus.

“We’re hosting this blood drive to show people the importance of Michael’s life and the kind of giving person he was,” said Dean’s mother, Donette Dean.

Seventh Annual Michael Dean Memorial Blood Drive

March 5 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Johnston City High School Gymnasium

1500 Jefferson, Johnston City, Ill.

Giving blood at the Michael Dean Memorial Blood Drive could go a long way in helping patients in need of blood, including accident victims, cancer patients and others.

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.