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Community invited to give blood in honor of Isaac Kolstad

North Central

June 4, 2014

MANKATO, Minn. – The American Red Cross blood drive on June 10 in Mankato is an opportunity for the community to show its support for Isaac Kolstad and help save the lives of others in need of blood transfusions.

“We understand the critical nature of available blood products in this community,” the Kolstad family said in a prepared statement. “After his injury, Isaac received transfusions that have helped him in his continued recovery marathon. Without life giving blood, his condition might be different. We urge all of those eligible to support the efforts of the Red Cross to ensure that these blood products remain available. And, we thank all who give on this occasion, and on any other occasion, for making blood available for Isaac and all of those unnamed others in need.”

Every two seconds, a patient in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion. Blood collected at the blood drive in honor of Isaac may help many types of patients, including accident and trauma victims, cancer patients, organ transplant recipients, premature babies and patients with other blood diseases, such as sickle cell disease and many more.

Give blood in honor of Isaac Kolstad:
June 10 from 12:30 - 5:30 p.m. at the National Guard Training and Community Center, 100 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Mankato

“Blood donations can help save lives,” said Geoff Kaufmann, CEO of the North Central Blood Services Region. “Someone’s donation could give a patient more time with loved ones. When they’re in need of blood products, patients rely on the willingness of others to give.”

The summer months are a challenging time of the year to collect enough blood to meet patient needs, but you can help ensure blood is available whenever and wherever it is needed. Donors of all blood types are needed this summer, especially O positive, O negative, A negative and B negative.

How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossBloodNC.