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There are two sides to Laddie Jankura’s association with the American Red Cross.   Since 1964, he has been a regular blood donor. But that all changed about seven years ago when he became a blood recipient.   “I was scheduled to give blood at the Holy Name of Jesus Church in Henderson, Ky.,” Laddie remembered. “During that week, I was told by my doctor to take some medication to reduce swelling in my knee. But my reaction to the medication was severe and resulted in me being admitted to the hospital. I received two units of blood.”   But convincing eligible and infrequent donors to become regular donors is difficult. “It has to be a priority to that person,” said Laddie. “You have to just put it on your calendar. I think for some people, all of a sudden, it becomes an issue and then you see how easy it is to do.”   Laddie is close to reaching a milestone of becoming a 14-gallon donor. “I started [giving blood] when I lived in Ohio (Cleveland) and I’d leave my night job baking all night and then go donate blood,” he says.   “We all are not all inclined or able to be in the medical field and save lives,” said Laddie. “But we all can help save lives by donating the ‘Gift of Life.’ It only takes about an hour.”   And, for Laddie, that message is especially important.   “You can never tell when you might need the gift of life,” Laddie said.
—Laddie Jankura
 

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What's Happening

#ChooseYourDay to give blood or platelets May 23-25 for a limited-edition RuMe tote bag.
Lace up your running shoes, help raise funds, or donate blood at the 2015 Run For Blood on July 25, 2015!
Join Us for the 7th Annual Heroes Breakfast on June 18, 2015.
Students ages 16-24 can participate in the Leaders Save Lives program to earn gift cards and scholarships!
 

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May 18, 2015
ST. PAUL, Minn.  — The American Red Cross urges donors to choose their day to give hope to patients in need by donating blood or platelets during the “100 days of summer. 100 days of hope.” campaign, officially sponsored by Suburban Propane.
May 11, 2015
PRIOR LAKE, Minn. — An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Thursday, May 28, 2015 in honor of Alex Schlink, a 17-year-old Prior Lake High School student who is currently battling non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Schlink’s family and friends are rallying behind him by hosting a blood...
 

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Babesia Investigational Study

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