December, January Blood Drives to Honor Oakley Teenager
Northern California Blood Services Region
December 11, 2009
Fourteen-Year-Old Received Organ Transplant This Year
On July 23, 2009, 14-year-old Ally Jenkins had a stroke.
Ally was taken to Sutter Delta Medical Center in Antioch and then airlifted to the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She was diagnosed with Pulmonary Capillary Hemangiotosis, a rare disease seen only once before at UCSF. She was kept on life support until she could receive a lung transplant, the only treatment for the disease.
Ally and her family faced new concerns each day. One day it might be her platelet count, another day the need for blood transfusions, her kidney functions, and watching for infections.
But Ally was very fortunate – she had a successful transplant. An organ transplant can require 10 or more pints of blood.
The American Red Cross blood drive in Oakley on Dec. 19, 2009 will be in honor of Ally. The Red Cross has since added a second drive in Ally’s honor, Jan. 7, 2010, to accommodate additional donors.
The first drive, Dec. 19, will be held at the Diamond Hills Sports Club and Spa, 1510 Neroly Rd. in Oakley from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The second drive, Jan. 7, will be at the Laurel Ridge Community Church, 2459 Laurel Rd. in Oakley from 1:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
The holiday season can be a difficult time to collect blood as people are busy with a variety of activities. The Red Cross has planned several promotions to help encourage donations.
At the December drive, all presenting donors can enter a drawing for a chance to win a Lake Tahoe Ski Package. In January, the Red Cross will offer all presenting donors the opportunity to enter a drawing for a 50” Panasonic plasma television.*
Schedule an appointment or call 1-800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767). The first 100 people to sign-up online for either blood drive will receive a Red Cross scarf.
Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with written parental permission), meet height and weight requirements (at least 110 pounds based on height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.
If you have questions regarding your eligibility to donate blood, please call 1-866-236-3276.
*Drawing items are non-transferable and not redeemable for cash.