The American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive in honor of Grayson Burgess Friday, May 4, from 2 to 7 p.m. at Light in the Wilderness Assembly of God Church, 12581 US 62, Ash Flat.
Grayson Burgess developed Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). This disease is characterized by a triad of hemolytic anemia (anemia caused by destruction of red blood cells), acute kidney failure (uremia), and a low platelet count (thrombocytopenia). It is a disease that predominantly, but not exclusively, affects children. Dialysis and blood donations helped save Grayson’s life. Thanks to regular doctor visits and a dedicated diet, Grayson has made a complete recovery. Grayson’s family is asking the entire community and nearby areas to donate blood and give the gift of life.
Every two seconds in the United States blood is 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 more than 13,000 blood and platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,600 hospitals nationwide.
Donate Blood in honor of Grayson Burgess
Friday, May 4, 2018, 2 to 7 p.m.
Light in the Wilderness Assembly of God Church
12581 US-62, Ash Flat, Ark. 72513
The Red Cross needs donors of all blood types to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients this spring. All those who come to donate from April 9 to May 13, 2018, will be entered to win one of three $1,000 gift cards to a national home improvement retailer, courtesy of Suburban Propane. (Restrictions apply. More details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Lets-Do-More.)
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, from a computer or mobile device, 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.