Blood Drive in Memory of James “Jimbo” Lamberth
Help Others Battling Lymphoma Through Blood Donation
(Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 12, 2011)
James “Jimbo” Lamberth received one unit of red blood cells daily and platelets every other day toward the end of his treatment. He was battling Burkitt’s Lymphoma, a non-Hodgkin’s form of lymphoma, which claimed his life at age 20.
“He lived for 6 months after he was diagnosed. Without treatment, he would have died in one week. I really appreciate people who put their lives on hold to donate blood. James would be happy to know something good, such as a blood drive, is happening in his memory,” says James’ sister Tabitha Charlton.
“I am the first one to give blood at the blood drive each year. Blood wasn’t able to save my child, but it might save yours,” says Jane Lamberth, James’ mother.
Nationwide, around 44,000 blood donations are needed each day to meet the needs of accident victims, cancer patients and children with blood disorders. These patients and others rely on blood products during their treatment.
You are invited to give blood in memory of James “Jimbo” Lamberth on Friday, Sept. 23, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Mount Pleasant General Baptist Church located at 1185 New Deal Potts Road in Portland. To schedule a donation appointment for this drive, call Jane Lamberth at (615) 477-4796.
How to Donate Blood:
Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information or to make an 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 18 and younger.
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.