Red Cross blood drive to be held in memory of local man
David Hall battled leukemia
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (May 8, 2013) – David Hall passed away in April 2013 following a four year fight with cancer. Now, his family, the American Red Cross and several local organizations are partnering to ask the community to help others currently fighting.
The Hall family, the Red Cross, the city of Kirksville, Kirksville Masonic Lodge #105, Adair Masonic Lodge #366 and Cape Air are joining forces to host a blood drive in Hall’s memory on May 22.
In February 2009, Hall was diagnosed with myleofibrosis, a blood cancer. This past February, that cancer transformed to a more life-threatening form of leukemia, which eventually took his life. Since his initial diagnosis more than four years ago, Hall had received more than 30 units of blood and platelets as part of his treatment.
“I hope to see the Red Cross provided with a huge supply of blood that can help people,” said Laurie Hall, David’s wife. Eligible donors can help Laurie get her wish by giving blood at the drive in David’s honor.
David Hall Memorial Blood Drive
May 22 from noon to 6 at the NEMO Fairgrounds
2700 E. Illinois, Kirksville, Mo.
Blood collected at the David Hall Memorial Blood Drive could help many patients, including those with cancer. Some cancer patients require daily transfusions as part of their treatment.
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.