Brentwood Battle of the Badges honors assistant fire chief
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 13, 2014) —The American Red Cross continues to have an urgent need for blood and platelet donations, even as thousands of people answered the urgent call to donate issued on July 22. Right now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals as quickly as donations are coming in.
To help boost the supply, the Red Cross is partnering with first responders for the Brentwood Battle of the Badges Blood Drive.
The men and women of the Brentwood Police Department will “battle” the Brentwood Fire Department to see who can give the most blood, either by giving themselves or recruiting donors to give in honor of their department.
The battle is in honor of Brentwood Assistant Fire Chief David Windrow, pictured with granddaughter, Ellie. In May 2013, Windrow was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a form of cancer found in plasma cells. After months of chemotherapy, he received a stem cell transplant. During his treatments, Windrow needed both blood and platelets to survive. Windrow is currently in partial remission.
“What this experience has taught me is that giving the lifesaving gift of blood is easy and painless compared to being a patient in desperate need of blood,” Windrow said. “When you are lying in a critical care unit, true pain is revealed. You are thanking God that someone gave blood so you can live.”
This friendly competition isn’t just for police officers and firefighters; anyone can get involved in the fun by donating blood and voting for a favorite team.
“Please come out to the Battle of the Badges and share this lifesaving gift,” said Windrow. “You may be giving blood that a loved one or dear friend may need. I am a survivor and I look forward to meeting you and saying thanks.”
The Battle of the Badges winner will receive serious bragging rights and be named Best Badge of Brentwood. But most importantly, hospital patients throughout the Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region will receive the lifesaving blood they need.
Donate Blood in Honor of Assistant Chief David Windrow
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 7 a.m. to noon
Thursday, Aug. 28, 10 a.m. to 3p.m.
8109 Concord Road, Brentwood
Use sponsor code brentwoodbattleofthebadges
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 consent in some states), 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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.