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Help patients in need at the Fairmont community blood drive

North Central

June 4, 2013
 

FAIRMONT, Minn. —The annual Fairmont community three-day summer blood drive will be held June 11 - 13 and comes at an important time for the American Red Cross. Historically, during the summer months of June, July and August, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. But, this seasonal challenge can be overcome two generous donors at a time, at every blood drive, every day.

Fairmont Community Summer Blood Drive
Tuesday, June 11 from noon to 6 p.m.
Wednesday, June 12 from 1 to 7 p.m.
Thursday, June 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Holiday Inn
1201 Torgerson Drive in Fairmont
All presenting donors will receive a $5 food certificate for the Green Mill
at the Holiday Inn in Fairmont.

Fairmont resident Jerry Von Feldt knows just how important it is to have a stable blood supply because he relies on blood transfusions to stay alive. Once a dedicated blood donor and Red Cross volunteer himself, Jerry is now battling acute myeloid leukemia, a type of cancer that starts in the bone marrow and quickly moves into the blood.

Von Feldt was originally diagnosed with AML in 2006 and after five months of chemotherapy treatments went into remission. In April 2012, the cancer returned, and since last August he has received blood transfusions two or three times a month.

“My bone marrow is getting tired and I can tell my body needs blood transfusions more often than before,” Von Feldt said. “The biggest symptom I have is a lack of energy, but when I get a transfusion I get around pretty good.”

“Until you become a blood recipient it seems kind of imaginary, and it’s not anymore. I’m very grateful to the people who selflessly give the gift of life. Without the blood on the shelves, I would not be here to enjoy holidays like Father’s Day with my two sons. I encourage everyone to donate so that patients like me have more time with their loved ones.” 

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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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