KOKOMO, Ind. — Born with numerous complications on Oct. 25, 2011, Rowan Dinn received 114 blood transfusions in his first 31 days of life. His parents and church invite the community to join a special American Red Cross blood drive held in his memory on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Kokomo with a goal to reach the 150th donation made in his name.
This is the fifth annual blood drive in Rowan’s name, seeking to collect 32 donations. The four previous drives collected a total of 130 donations in Rowan’s name to help patients.
His parents, Dr. Rob and Jaime Dinn, have tremendous gratitude for the people who donated blood in order for Rowan to live longer. “We cannot express our gratitude enough to those donors, but we would like to help ensure future recipients of blood transfusions will have a safe, readily available supply,” said Jaime Dinn.
“Hosting this blood drive in his name is a wonderful way to remember Rowan and help other patients who need blood to live,” said Toni Fox, account manager for the American Red Cross.
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.
Donate Blood in Memory of Rowan Dinn
Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church
3155 South CR 200 West, Kokomo, IN 46902
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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross