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Red Cross blood drive to honor Missouri woman

Missouri-Illinois

May 20, 2014
 

Elsberry native is battling cancer

ELSBERRY, Mo. (May 20, 2014) — As a physical therapist, Lindsay Whyte helps people get back to their daily lives. Now, Whyte is looking for help of her own, and local residents can roll up a sleeve to help her and other patients in need by giving blood in Whyte’s honor on June 3 in Elsberry.

 

The 33-year old Whyte, a native of Elsberry, is currently undergoing treatment for cancer. Like many cancer patients, that treatment involves blood transfusions. By donating blood, residents can help ensure that Whyte and other patients have the lifesaving blood products they need.

 

Lindsay Whyte Blood Drive

June 3 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Elsberry United Methodist Church

104 N. 4th St. in Elsberry

 

Donors of all types are needed, especially those with types O positive, O negative, B negative or A negative.

 

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.