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Rockdale community invited to remember teen by donating blood

Southwest Blood Services Region

June 9, 2014

On June 13, the Rockdale community is invited to remember Naomi Ruelas by giving the gift of life at an American Red Cross blood drive to be held in her memory. Ruelas received many transfusions during her struggle with Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), a rare disorder of the immune system, before she passed away on June 11, 2013.

Ruelas, a 17-year-old high school student from Colorado Springs, Colorado, enjoyed chocolate, and dreamed of going to college and becoming a lawyer.

“We couldn’t think of a better way to remember Naomi than to help raise awareness that blood must be donated for those who need it,” said Leticia Ruelas, Naomi’s mother. “Encouraging others to give helps us feel like we are giving back, assisting others and honoring my daughter’s memory.”

Blood drive in memory of Naomi Ruelas

June 13 from 12:30-5:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 234 San Gabriel, Rockdale.

The blood drive in Naomi Rurelas’ memory comes at an important time for the American Red Cross. Vacations and summer activities often result in a decline in blood donations during the summer. Donors of all blood types are needed to ensure a sufficient blood supply this summer, especially O positive, O negative, A negative and B negative.

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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 Texas), 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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.