Bowling Green Donorama is Tuesday, June 28
Blood Drive Sponsored by The Beaver 96.1WBVR FM and Air Evac Lifeteam
(Nashville, Tenn., June 14, 2011)
The Bowling Green Donorama is happening on Tuesday, June 28 and the American Red Cross needs you to give blood.
The blood drive is sponsored by Air Evac Lifeteam and The Beaver. Employees of both companies were touched by the need for blood and understand the importance of having donated blood readily available.
Cody Birchell, son of Air Evac Lifeteam Membership Sales Manager Ronda Birchell, was diagnosed with ALL (acute lymphocytic leukemia), a type of blood cancer, at age 12. He received multiple blood transfusions, bone marrow aspirations, a bone marrow transplant and a colostomy. Cody fought ALL for 3 years before it took his life on April 1, 2002. He was just 15 years old.
“Through Cody's story and his willingness to help others at his cost, I am hoping to reach people and get the importance of blood donations out there. I have the greatest respect for the people who understand the importance of donating and I am very grateful for those who do,” says Ronda Birchell, Cody’s Mother.
Cancer and leukemia patients can require up to 100 units of red blood cells and 50 units of platelets throughout the treatment course.
At 52 years old, The Beaver radio personality Scooter Davis is a new member of the “Zipper Club.”
In January, 2011, this diabetic and former heavy smoker, who hadn’t seen a doctor in awhile, woke up with a nose bleed. He went to the emergency room for tests and found out he had high blood pressure and four blocked arteries leading to his heart.
Two days later, Davis underwent a quadruple bypass. He received several units of blood during his surgery. Open heart surgery patients can require up to 6 units of red blood cells, up to 4 units of platelets and up to 4 units of plasma.
“Blood was available when I needed it and I am thankful for that,” says Davis.
Join the American Red Cross and the country music industry in our efforts to boost blood donations.
Help give someone another chance to salute the stars and stripes or another chance to hum the tunes of a favorite country artist.
Every two seconds someone in American needs blood. Since only about eight percent of eligible blood donors give blood, the need is constant. With Country in your Blood, you can make a difference.
You can help patients like Cody Birchell and Scooter Davis by giving blood at the Bowling Green Donorama on Tuesday, June 28, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Greenwood High School located at 5065 Scottsville Road in Bowling Green. To schedule your blood donation appointment, call Michelle Mangum at (270) 217-6570.
All presenting donors are eligible to win a $30 gift card, courtesy of U.S. Bank; a pair of tickets to Beach Bend Water Park; a $15 Rafferty’s gift card; one of four $25 gift cards, courtesy of Kroger.
In addition, 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.