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Run for Blood and help save lives this summer

North Central

July 10, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The American Red Cross Run for Blood Quarter Marathon, 5k Run/Walk and Community Blood Drive will be held Saturday, July 26 at Lake Calhoun. Presented by Smiths Medical, the event will help build awareness of the constant need for blood and help raise funds for the North Central Blood Services Region.

“Smiths Medical is proud to be associated with the Red Cross organization’s lifesaving mission. Our employees are committed to making a measureable difference in building stronger communities where we live and work,” said Jeff McCaulley, President and CEO, Smiths Medical.

The Red Cross helps people like Kate Ross. Ross was in a tragic car accident in December 2009 and needed blood to survive. Weary from the rigors of working and going to school full-time, Ross fell asleep while driving. She hit a guardrail going 60 mph, and 40 feet of guardrail penetrated her calf and thigh. After seven days in the hospital and eight surgeries, her leg was amputated above the knee.

“I’m so grateful for the people who donated blood. If they hadn’t, I might not be alive today,” Ross said. “I have become a blood donor myself and I’m training so that I can participate in the Run for Blood next year. I encourage everyone to get involved – it’s a great way to give back and give hope to someone in need!”

Online registration for the Run for Blood is available at Same day registrations to participate in the Run/Walk and to donate blood are also welcome.

While the need for blood is constant, the supply isn’t – especially during the summer months,” said Geoff Kaufmann, CEO of the North Central Blood Services Region. “Whether you run competitively, walk with a group of family or friends, donate blood, or just want to show your support for the Red Cross, there is something for everyone at this event."

WHO: Runners, walkers and blood donors

WHAT: Sixth annual Run for Blood -- Quarter Marathon and 5K Run/Walk and Community Blood Drive

WHERE: Thomas Beach, Lake Calhoun, Minneapolis

WHEN: Saturday, July 26

  • Race registration , 7 to 7:45 a.m.
  • Opening ceremony , 7:35 a.m.
  • Race start, 8 a.m.
  • Blood drive, 8 2 p.m.

The American Red Cross is proud to have K-TWIN and CW23 as media partners for 2014 with BT as the emcee for the day’s event. Culligan is providing Hydration Sponsorship and the event was founded by Hagen Financial Advantage.

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 lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. Comprised of six community chapters, the Northern Minnesota Region serves 4.3 million people in 45 counties in northern Minnesota and 3 counties in western Wisconsin. Community chapters are located in Minneapolis, Duluth, Bemidji, Alexandria, St. Cloud, and Bayport. Learn more at or Follow us on Twitter at @redcrossnorthmn and @RedCrossBloodNC.

About Smiths Medical
Smiths Medical is a leading supplier of specialized medical devices and equipment for global markets, focusing on the medication delivery, vital care and safety devices market segments.  It is part of Smiths Group a global leader in applying advanced technologies for markets in threat and contraband detection, energy, medical devices, communications and engineered components. Smiths Group employs around 22,000 people in more than 50 countries.