KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — The American Red Cross along with the family and friends of Stefani Lorton invite the Kirksville community to the 12th annual blood drive in her honor on Friday, Oct. 7. Once again the drive will be held at Highland Crest Assisted Living at 2204 S. Halliburton from 1 to 6 p.m. Nearly 400 units of blood have been collected since the inception of this blood drive.
In 2005, 19-year-old Stefani died from injuries suffered in a car accident. While blood transfusions could not ultimately save her life, they did help keep her alive long enough that her organs could be donated to other hospital patients in need. Before her death, Stefani was a regular blood donor. Her mother, Karen Lorton, cited this as one reason the family chose to host a memorial blood drive.
“Stefani was a donor,” Karen said. “I always tell people her motto was, ‘if you can give, you should give.’ We hope this blood drive continues to play a role in saving people’s lives, and we ask for the continued support of the community.”
Every two seconds in the United States blood and platelets are needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. The Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.
Make an appointment to donate by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or online at redcrossblood.org and entering sponsor code: HighlandCrest.
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 (16 with parental consent in some states), 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.