American Red Cross to host third annual Jenny Stock Blood Drive
Drive scheduled Nov. 19, 2012
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (Nov. 5, 2012) – A leukemia diagnosis for Jenny Stock when she was just nine years old didn’t slow her down a bit. Now, family, friends and the American Red Cross are honoring this local teenager with a blood drive in her name.
The American Red Cross will host the third annual Jenny Stock Blood Drive on Monday, Nov. 19 from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cathedral Grade School, at the corner of Third and Garfield, Belleville, Ill.
Stock, 17, received treatment for nearly three years beginning in 2004. During treatment she received at least five blood transfusions. Her mother, Greta Stock, said the illness did little to sideline her daughter.
“She’s a very driven girl,” Greta Stock said. “She missed all of fourth grade because of treatment, but came back with straight A’s in fifth grade.”
With the cancer now in remission, the Stock family feels it’s their turn to repay the gift Jenny received.
“We want to make sure there’s enough blood to keep helping other people,” Greta Stock said. “Jenny doesn’t need blood transfusions any more, but other children do.”
Blood is used by a variety of patients, including cancer patients. In fact some cancer patients may receive daily blood transfusions as part of their treatment. Blood collected at the Jenny Stock Blood Drive comes at an important time for the Red Cross. Blood supplies are still low following the summer months, and all blood types are needed.
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.