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Southwest Blood Services Region

The resources on these pages provide current information for media professionals to share with their audiences. We invite members of the press to use this information or to contact our communications staff for additional statistics, commentary on current issues, or to arrange interviews with staff experts.


Additional Resources

  • National Media Resources Center
    Visit the American Red Cross National Media Resource Center for the latest press releases and other information to help share stories about the Red Cross mission.

  • Blood Facts and Statistics
    Facts about blood, the donation process, blood components, testing, the need for blood and the American Red Cross Blood Services

  • History of Blood Transfusion
    A pictorial timeline highlighting significant moments in the history of transfusion from the 1600's to the present


Media Contact

If you have questions or would like to schedule a media interview, please contact:

Jan Hale, External Communications Manager 
Central Plains & Southwest Blood Services Region
(918) 344-0720 (p) (918) 344-0720 (c) 


August 4, 2015
The American Red Cross is facing a looming shortage of the blood types most needed by patients and is calling on eligible donors with O negative, B negative and A negative blood to give now to prevent an emergency situation. Blood donation appointments can be quickly and easily scheduled by using...
July 1, 2015
On April 16, 2015, 3-year-old Reece Griffin was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), a potentially life-threatening illness that can cause bone or joint pain, reoccurring infections and fatigue. Since her diagnosis, Reece has received numerous blood transfusions. Area residents are...
June 29, 2015
The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to make an appointment now to give blood and help prevent a summer shortage.
June 22, 2015
The American Red Cross announces the annual Ty Nichols Memorial Blood Drive will be held June 25 at First Southern Baptist Church. The Guthrie community is invited to remember Nichols, who died from an enlarged heart in 2008, and support others in need by donating blood. “Ty isn’t here...
June 3, 2015
Three-year-old Raeleigh Vasquez loves dolls, especially Barbie dolls, and dreams of visiting Disneyworld. Trips will have to wait as Raeleigh is in the fight of her life since being diagnosed with a rare spine cancer in January 2015. During her treatment, Raeleigh has received six blood...
May 19, 2015
  Eligible donors can choose their day to help save lives during “100 days of summer. 100 days of hope.” campaign   The American Red Cross urges donors to choose their day to give hope to patients in need by donating blood or platelets during the “100 days of summer....
April 29, 2015
Students at Caney Valley and Haileyville Elementary Schools may not be old enough to donate blood, but they are discovering
March 19, 2015
Using her personal experience as a blood recipient, Miss Heartland and Miss Oklahoma 2015 contestant Marissa McCurtain is sponsoring the American Red Cross The Beauty in Blood blood drive scheduled March 21 at Penn Square Mall. McCurtain received six pints of blood after being diagnosed with severe...
March 10, 2015
Following round after round of snow, freezing rain and arctic cold in many parts of the country, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for eligible blood and platelet donors to give now to help restock its shelves. March storms forced the cancellation of more than 200 blood drives, resulting in...
February 19, 2015
The American Red Cross is recognizing the country’s everyday heroes during Red Cross Month. All of our presidents for the past 70 years, including President Barack Obama, have designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the Red Cross helps people across the country and around the...