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Red Cross to host blood drive in honor of Lake St. Louis child

Missouri-Illinois

December 4, 2013
 

Anna Dennis was diagnosed with leukemia in June 2012

 

LAKE ST. LOUIS, Mo. (Dec. 4, 2013) – The American Red Cross is asking people to give something that means something this holiday season. The family of Anna Dennis and the Lake St. Louis Police Department are helping spread that message with a blood drive in her honor on Dec. 18.

 

Three-year-old Anna was diagnosed with leukemia in June 2012, just days after her second birthday. Since then, she has received blood and platelet transfusions as part of her treatment. Her father, Mark Dennis, said hosting a blood drive in his daughter’s name will help educate the community about the importance of blood donation.

 

“Before her diagnosis, I never thought donating blood was important,” Mark Dennis said. “I have now seen firsthand how blood donations can help save a life. We are hosting this blood drive in her honor to increase the awareness of the constant need for blood donations and as a way to provide blood for others in need.”

 

Anna Dennis Blood Drive

Dec. 18 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Lake St. Louis Council Chambers

200 Civic Center Drive in Lake St. Louis

 

Blood collected at the Anna Dennis Blood Drive comes at an important time for the Red Cross. During the winter months, blood donations typically decline due to factors such as holiday plans, inclement weather and seasonal illnesses. All blood types are needed to help keep supplies stable. 

 

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.