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Red Cross blood drive to be held in memory of northern Missouri man

Missouri-Illinois

May 7, 2014
 

David Hall died in 2013 following leukemia battle

 

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (May 7, 2014) — David Hall died in April 2013 following a four year fight with cancer. Now, his family and the American Red Cross are partnering to ask the community to help others currently fighting.

 

The Hall family, the Red Cross and the city of Kirksville are joining forces to host a blood drive in Hall’s memory on May 21.

 

In February 2009, Hall was diagnosed with myelofibrosis, a blood cancer. In February 2013, that cancer transformed to a more life-threatening form of leukemia, which eventually took his life. Since his initial diagnosis nearly five 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 21 from noon to 6 at the NEMO Fairgrounds

2700 E. Illinois in Kirksville

 

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 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.