LIMA, Ohio — The community is invited to give blood in memory of Dylan Benroth at a special blood drive held in his honor on Monday, Sept. 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Allen County Department of Jobs and Family Servcies in Lima.
At age 21, Dylan was diagnosed with mixed germ cell cancer found in his chest. He received many blood, platelet and plasma transfusions during his treatments. Though he was an active and healthy young man, he passed away only 24 days after his diagnosis. He is remembered for his kindness, generosity and great sense of humor.
“We hope that the community and anyone who has been touched by cancer will give blood in honor of Dylan,” said Teresa Benroth, Dylan’s mother.
“Hosting this blood drive in his name is a wonderful way to honor Dylan and help others who are battling cancer,” said Marianne Hardesty, account manager for the Red Cross.
Blood and platelet donations are needed every day for patients with many serious medical conditions. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all need blood.
Blood Drive in Memory of Dylan Benroth
Monday, Sept. 26
8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Allen County Department of Jobs and Family Services
1501 South Dixie Highway, Lima, OH 45802
To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS
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, 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, cruzrojaamericana.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.