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Rock On with Three Eagles Communications and Culver's at Annual Rock 'N Roll Up Your Sleeve Blood Drives

North Central

August 28, 2012
 

Eligible blood donors are encouraged to give the gift of life at the Annual American Red Cross Rock N’ Roll Up Your Sleeve blood drives with Three Eagles Communications September 11 – 14. All presenting blood donors will receive a coupon for a free pint of Culver’s frozen custard, and Three Eagles Communications will broadcast live from Rock N’ Roll drive sites throughout the week.

“As many people return from the long Labor Day weekend and become occupied with back-to-school activities, the first weeks of September are particularly challenging for collecting blood,” said Geoff Kaufmann, CEO of the North Central Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross.  “The Rock ‘N Roll Up Your Sleeve blood drives are critical to maintaining adequate blood supplies for patients.”

Rock N’ Roll Up Your Sleeve Blood Drives

9/11/2012, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Culver’s, 1856 Madison Avenue, Mankato
9/12/2012, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Culver’s 1856 Madison Avenue, Mankato
9/12/2012, 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., American Red Cross, 105 Homestead Avenue, Mankato
9/13/2012, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Culver’s, 1680 Commerce Drive, North Mankato
9/13/2012, 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., American Red Cross, 105 Homestead Avenue, Mankato
9/14/2012, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., American Red Cross, 105 Homestead Avenue, Mankato

A local mother, Shandy Weimert, knows all too well the importance of having an adequate blood supply available for patients. Eighteen months ago, she delivered a baby girl at 24 ½ weeks gestation at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. Maria was born a micro preemie and weighed just 1 pound, 9 ounces. At nine days old, Maria was diagnosed with Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC), a serious condition brought on by an immature digestive system where the intestines are susceptible to infection.  The linings of Maria’s bowels had become infected and began to die, requiring surgery to remove the dead tissue. Three months after her bowels were reconnected, she experienced an obstruction which required additional surgeries and blood transfusions. Maria was hospitalized for 6 ½ months and required more than 20 blood transfusions.

Today, Maria weighs over 17 pounds, but does not have the stamina of most healthy children her age. Because micro preemies are too immature to feed from a bottle, Maria requires a feeding tube. She takes a daily iron supplement and her hemoglobin has remained at acceptable levels. 

Weimert hopes that sharing her story will encourage others to give to those in need at the Rock ‘N Roll Up Your Sleeve blood drives.  “Blood donation is so important to children, like Maria, who are undergoing surgeries,” said Weimert. “Without donors, my child or somebody else’s may not make it. I am so grateful for those people that have donated blood to help save my daughter’s life. She is our tiny miracle.”

Currently, eligible donors of all blood types are needed for the Red Cross to readily meet hospital and patient needs. Eligible donors with the most in-demand and often short supply blood types – O negative, O positive, A negative and B negative – are especially encouraged to give. Donors who gave blood at the start of summer may now be eligible to donate again as summer comes to a close.

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 permission 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 more than 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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