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Become a Multi-Gallon Donor Like Bill Wallace

Tennessee Valley

June 7, 2011
 

 

Give Blood at the Lewisburg – Marshall County Donor Day

 

(Nashville, Tenn., June 7, 2011)

 

Retiree.  Former Health Inspector.  Golfer.  Blood Donor.  These are just a few titles that describe 82-year-old Lewisburg resident, Bill Wallace.

 

In fact, Wallace surpassed the 14 gallon mark in blood donations.  That earns him one more title, Multi-Gallon Blood Donor.  Wallace got into the habit of giving blood years ago and still enjoys it.

 

“It’s just something I can do and I just think it’s a nice thing to do.  I’m able to do it,” he says.

 

Most people know you have to be 17 years old (16 with parental consent) to donate blood, but there is no upper age limit to blood donation.

 

“A lot of friends can’t do it anymore.  I tell people all the time.  I try to get them to do it.  I give every chance I get,” says Wallace.

 

Wallace, who retired from his job as Marshall County Health Inspector 21 years ago, lives by a special motto reflecting his age and dedication to the Red Cross blood program.

 

“You’ve got to be good for something.”

 

You are invited to “be good for something” by giving blood at the Donor Day Blood Drive, sponsored by the Lewisburg Rotary Club, on Thursday, June 16, from 12 noon to 6 p.m. at the Church Street Church of Christ located at 305 W. Church St. in Lewisburg.  To schedule an appointment for this blood drive, contact Stephanie Ezell at (615) 308-6280 or ezellsg@usa.redcross.org.  You may also log on to www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code:  LewisburgTN19.  Walk-in donors are welcome.

 

All presenting blood donors are automatically entered into a sweepstakes drawing for the following Music City getaway:

An expense paid trip for two to Nashville, Tenn. for a two night stay at Gaylord’s Opryland Hotel, two VIP passes to the Grand Ole Opry, a backstage tour at the Opry House (based on availability at time of travel) and one $300 Visa Gift Card.

Plus, anyone who presents to donate blood Wednesday, May 25 through Wednesday, Sept. 14 is automatically entered into the Red Cross Racing “Summer Drive Sweepstakes” to win a brand new 2012 red candy metallic Ford Fiesta SE, courtesy of Ford Motor Company.  One winner is selected by random drawing on Monday, Sept. 19.  For more information, or to schedule your summer blood donation appointment, please visit redcrossracing.com or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

 

How to Donate Blood:

Call 1-800-RED CROSS or log on to redcrossblood.org for more information or to schedule a blood donation appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19. Visit redcrossblood.org to learn more.

 

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.