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KGON, Red Cross stage another successful blood drive

Pacific Northwest Blood Services Region

August 11, 2014
 

The annual collaboration between the American Red Cross, KGON and local blood donors again resulted in help and hope for patients in need.

This year’s “All Rockers Bleed Blood Drive” netted 627 pints of blood – running the total number of pints collected during the five-year history of the popular blood drive to 3,839.

“We are extremely grateful for the support from KGON, the blood donors and volunteers who make this a successful event each year,” said Jared Schultzman, communications manager for Red Cross Blood Services in the Pacific Northwest Region. “This blood drive and other special events like it help maintain the community blood supply during the summer months, when we typically see a decline in donations.”

The timing of this year’s blood drive could not have been better.

On July 22, the Red Cross issued an urgent need for donors of all blood types. At the time, donations through the Red Cross were down approximately 8 percent over the previous 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations nationwide. The “All Rockers Bleed Drive” kicked off the very same day and played a role in ensuring the need for blood continues to be met.

Though hospital patients are the primary beneficiaries of any blood drive, one very lucky blood donor during the five-day event received a special “thank you” for her efforts – concert tickets courtesy of KGON.

Kathryn Norton of Portland won two tickets to see Elton John at Moda Center. The longtime donor made her 68th donation on July 25 and has donated the equivalent of more than eight gallons of blood during her lifetime.

“It’s been so long, I’m not sure how I started donating,” Norton said. “But, I know there are people who need blood and that keeps me coming back.”

The urgent need for blood continues and the Red Cross asks all eligible donors – especially donors with types O negative, A negative and B negative blood – to schedule an appointment to donate blood in the coming weeks.

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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.