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Community Blood Drive Held in Honor of Cambridge Hardin

River Valley

April 27, 2011
 

Summer activities and family vacations will soon fill many schedules. However, patients like 12-year-old Cambridge Hardin, don’t get a vacation from needing blood. Cambridge was born with hereditary angioedema (HAE) – a very rare genetic condition causing human tissue and organs to swell. Swelling attacks can occur at any time and affect any part of the body, including the hands, feet, arms, legs, face and airway. 

Cambridge does many things that other girls her age do, like playing basketball, cheerleading and riding horses.  But she admits that the attacks limit her.  Cambridge deals with her fear of a disfiguring and potentially life-threatening attack every day.  She depends on intravenous treatments manufactured from donated blood to help manage her condition.

Cambridge is an inspiration to many, not only because she overcomes many health obstacles, but also because she leads by example.  With the support of her family, Cambridge is raising awareness about HAE and the importance of donating blood. 

The American Red Cross invites all eligible blood donors to join us for a blood drive in honor of Cambridge Hardin.

Blood Drive In Honor of Cambridge Hardin

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Corydon Presbyterian Church

568 West Highway 62

Corydon, Ind. 47112

Each day an average of 38,000 pints of blood are needed for patients in the United States.  Patients like Cambridge depend on generous volunteer donors to survive.  Schedule your appointment today to donate blood at the drive in honor of Cambridge Hardin. 

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 generally in 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

Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.