HALE, Mo. (May 2, 2019) — The American Red Cross is joining Hale High School family and friends to host a blood drive in memory of Phyllis Hazen and Lynne White Thursday, May 16 from 2-6 p.m. at Hale High School, 518 Main St., in Hale, Mo.
Phyllis and Lynne battled acute myeloid leukemia (AML) prior to their passing. Both received several blood transfusions and products, sometimes on a weekly basis, during their treatment. Phyllis was very active in the Hale R1 community and she served on several boards during her free time. Lynne was also very active especially with her community church. Both families invite the Hale and R1 community to stop by Hale High School and donate blood as a way to honor and remember their lives.
“I know my Mom and Phyllis would encourage everyone to donate blood and help our community,” said Becky Dodson, Lynne’s daughter. “Several donors helped them by generously donating blood products. Our families can’t think of any other way to pay this forward than to donate and host a blood drive to help other patients who need it.”
In thanks, all those who come to donate blood, platelets or plasma with the Red Cross now through June 10, 2019, will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email. (Restrictions apply; see amazon.com/gc-legal. More information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.)
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 more than 13,000 blood and platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,500 hospitals nationwide.
How to donate blood
Simply download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org and use sponsor code HaleHS 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 and platelet donors can 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, from a computer or mobile device. 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.