Special blood drive held in honor of Kyle Crosley: Boating accident survivor who received blood transfusions asks donors to give blood to help others

September 5, 2017

Kyle Crosley of Rochester will never meet the people who saved his life. In July, Kyle was swimming in Skaneateles Lake when he was struck by a boat’s propeller.  He sustained multiple severe cuts to his body, causing significant blood loss. While doctors worked to save his life, Kyle received 14 units of blood.

“Having the donated blood at the hospital when I needed it saved my life,” said Kyle.  “And for that, I am so grateful.”

Kyle was still in the hospital recovering from the accident when he asked his employer, Relph Benefit Advisors, to help him organize a blood drive to help other patients. CEO Robert Relph, Jr. immediately agreed. Co-workers, family and friends have joined together to make Kyle’s only request during his recovery possible.

Donate Blood in honor of Kyle Crosley

Friday, September 8

8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Relph Benefit Advisors

400 Willowbrook Office Park, Fairport

Walk-ins welcome, but appointments are encouraged. To schedule an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS and used sponsor code relphbenefitadvisorsfairport. Those who come out to give blood will receive a coupon for a free haircut from Sports Clips Haircuts via email several days after their donation. The coupon is valid through Nov. 11, 2017, at participating Sport Clips locations. Donors must have a valid email address on record to receive the coupon.

An emergency need remains for type O negative and O positive blood donors to give now and help save patient lives. Type O negative is the universal blood type and what emergency room personnel reach for when there is no time to determine the blood type of patients in the most serious situations. Type O positive is the most common blood type and can be transfused to Rh-positive patients of any blood type. Type O blood is being distributed to hospitals as fast as it’s coming in.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.