Blood Drive in Memory of Whitney Cline
RED CROSS HOLDS BLOOD DRIVE IN MEMORY OF LOCAL RESIDENT, WHITNEY CLINE
(Nashville, Tenn., August 1, 2012) The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive in memory of local area resident Whitney Cline on August 29. The drive will be held at Mt Juliet Community Center Meeting Room at 1075 Charlie Daniel's Parkway from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Whitney was born in the small town of Harriman. TN. When she was 15 years old, she moved to Nashville with her parents. She attended Mount Juliet High School and transferred to McGavock High School her junior year. Despite the academic change, throughout her high school years, Whitney remained a dedicated member of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps.
Whitney graduated high school and two years later, had her first and only child, Parker Ryan-Dakota Cline. She spent the next 6 years raising her son with unwavering love and dedication.
February 26, 2011 Whitney was admitted to Summit Hospital with pneumonia. Whitney’s sister, Courtney Keaton tells the American Red Cross doctors told their family Whitney would only be in the hospital for a couple days. Tragically, that was not the case.
February 27, Whitney suffered an acute ischemic stroke due to an unforeseen blood clot. The next day, her brain began to swell from the trauma of the stroke. Doctors performed an emergency surgery to ease the swelling, but Whitney never regained consciousness.
Because Whitney believed in organ donation, she gave the gift of life when her own was taken away. Her heart, liver, pancreas and kidneys went to patients in need.
“In a matter of 36 hours my little sister was gone, taken, ripped from our lives,” said Whitney’s sister, Courtney Keaton. “We were shattered totally. Her organ removal surgery was March 2. As they took her back to surgery that day, I had to let go of my sister’s hand. But I still hold on to her love and my memories of her. I will keep them with me forever.”
Whitney was a dedicated blood and platelet donor who loved helping people. It is because of her passion to help others that her sister began a blood drive in her memory. “I decided to hold the drive every August because that is when she was born,” said Keaton. “Please help me honor my sister, and her memory by saving lives like she did. Thank you in advance.”
To schedule an appointment for this blood drive or any other American Red Cross blood drive, visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: 37122 or call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767).
Most healthy individuals who are at least 17 years of age (16 with parental consent) and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds are eligible to donate blood. Individuals 18 years of age or younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.
The Tennessee Valley Blood Region serves about 60 hospitals and must have 600 people donate blood or platelets each weekday to meet the needs of hospital patients.