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A milestone worth celebrating: Local man donates 801 units with American Red Cross

October 30, 2014
 

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The West Henrietta Blood Donation Center is like a second home to David Farrell. He routinely donates platelets at the center and has been doing it for 35 years. Giving blood and platelets has become a life-long habit for this Henrietta resident. His first donation with the American Red Cross was November 4, 1965--nearly 50 years ago.

“The fact that I am able to help people out, that’s why I continuously donate,” said David Farrell. “Being of service to others, it’s the one thing that can be done by anyone whether they have material resources or not.”

David’s commitment to helping hospital patients and the Red Cross is extensive. He faithfully schedules his apheresis appointments every two weeks. On October 25, David reached a milestone that is worth celebrating: his total donations reached 801 units. David doesn’t consider himself a hero, but to the many hospital patients he has helped over the years, he is. David hopes others will follow in his footsteps and try to match his record.

West Henrietta Blood Donation Center

825 John Street

W. Henrietta, NY 14586

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 11:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

To schedule a blood donation, please call 1-800-RED CROSS

To schedule a platelet donation, please call 1-800-545-4086

or e-mail apheresisdonor@redcross.org.

  

Greece Blood Donation Center

2590 West Ridge Road, Buckman’s Plaza

Greece, NY 14626 

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

To schedule a blood donation, please call 1-800-RED CROSS

To schedule a platelet donation, please call 1-800-545-4086

or e-mail apheresisdonor@redcross.org.

 

Rochester Blood Donation Center

50 Prince Street

Rochester, NY 14607
Tuesday, Thursday: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (2nd & 4th Friday of each month)
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (1st & 3rd Saturday of each month)

Monday, Wednesday, Sunday: Closed

To schedule a blood donation, please call 1-800-RED CROSS

 

Perinton Blood Donation Center

Perinton Hills Shopping Center
6687 Pittsford-Palmyra Road
Fairport, NY 14450

Monday, Wednesday: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday: 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday: Closed

To schedule a blood donation, please call 1-800-RED CROSS

 

Approximately, every two seconds a person in the United States needs blood. Platelets are a key clotting component of blood and are often needed by cancer patients. While red blood cells have a shelf life of 42 days, platelets have a shelf life of just five days. The need for blood and platelets is constant and the supply must be regularly replenished. 

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Media Contact: Cara Leyna Noble, (585) 760-5668, caraleyna.noble@redcross.org

                                                                    

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