Blood Drive Honors Ethridge Resident

December 13, 2012



The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive in honor of local resident Tom White on December 28. The drive will be held at Ethridge Church of Christ in Ethridge from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.


About one year ago, Tom developed an odd rash. He went to his family physician to get to the bottom of the problem. After a couple of blood tests, his doctor sent him to a physician in Nashville. Additional testing revealed Tom had myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS).


Since the day he was diagnosed with MDS, Tom has been in and out of Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. He has endured rigorous chemotherapy treatments and has needed hundreds of blood products to survive. Tom’s sister, Beth White says it has been very emotional watching her brother go through such a painful year, but she is thankful for all the blood donors who are willing to roll up their sleeves and give Tom the gift of life.  


“I don’t think people understand how important it is to give blood,” said White. “I’m a firm believer in donating blood. It saves a life and it helps people like my brother.”


As a precaution, Tom’s doctors are also treating him for leukemia. Beth White anticipates her brother will need even more blood products this December when he has a bone marrow transplant.


Tom is able to battle his disease because of the generosity of blood and platelet donors. The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive in honor of Tom on December 28.


Beth White encourages the Ethridge community and all surrounding areas to come to the drive in honor of her brother. “It doesn’t matter who needs the blood,” said White. “You never know when you or a loved one may need it.”


To make an appointment to join this special blood drive, please call 1-800 RED CROSS or visit: and enter the sponsor code: 4287


All presenting donors will receive a long sleeve t-shirt AND be entered to win a $1,000 American Express gift card AND a tablet valued at $500!


Most healthy individuals who are at least 17 years of age (16 with parental consent) and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds are eligible to donate blood.  Individuals 18 years of age or younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.


The Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region services about 60 hospitals and must have 600 people donate blood or platelets each weekday to meet the needs of hospital patients. 


All blood types are needed to help maintain a sufficient blood supply, especially type O negative.  Type O negative blood, the universal blood type, is always in high demand because it can be transfused to patients with any blood type, especially in emergency situations.