Annual Red Cross blood drive to be held in honor of Brighton, Illinois child
Hope Seymour was born with congenital heart disease
BRIGHTON, Ill. (Oct. 30, 2014) — Just 5-years-old, Hope Seymour has already undergone two open heart surgeries in attempts to fight a congenital disease she’s had since birth. In honor of her fight and to help patients like her, Hope’s family is partnering with the American Red Cross to hold the annual Hope Seymour Blood Drive on Nov. 14.
During Hope’s first surgery, she required a large amount of blood. Seeing how the blood helped to keep her alive, Hope’s mother, Brooke Seymour, decided she wanted to do something to help those like her daughter.
“I came to the realization pretty quickly that I had a strong desire to give back,” Seymour said. “Giving blood was just a small way, not only for my daughter, but for other patients as well.”
In addition to donating blood, Seymour found that hosting a blood drive in Hope’s honor could help those in need. Now she hopes the blood drive inspires others.
“My hope is to raise awareness about the need for blood. Even if you don’t have a sick loved one, someone may need this lifesaving gift.”
Donate Blood in Honor of Hope Seymour
Friday, Nov. 14
St. Alphonsus Church
918 N. Main St. in Brighton
To make an appointment to donate, visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: HopeS.
Blood donated at the Hope Seymour Blood Drive can help many patients, including cancer patients, accident victims, premature babies and others.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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.