EL PASO, Ill. — The American Red Cross is joining family and friends to host a blood drive in memory of Rick DeLay Wednesday, May 10 from 12:30–5:30 p.m. at El Paso Topsy’s Bar and Grill.
Rick was a well-known member of the El Paso community. He worked as a safety specialist at Case Industrial in Goodfield, Ill. and was a member of Community Bible Fellowship in El Paso. He played guitar, bass and sang as part of the worship music at the church.
In January of 2016, Rick was diagnosed with aplastic anemia and received multiple blood transfusions during his illness. This is the second annual blood drive in memory of Rick and his family would like to see the entire community come to give.
“I would like to raise awareness for aplastic anemia and the importance of being a blood donor,” said Emma DeLay, Rick’s wife. “The blood products that people donate are so precious to those in need.”
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 nearly 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,600 hospitals nationwide.
Donate Blood in Memory of Rick DeLay
Wednesday, May 10
El Paso Topsy’s Bar and Grill
23 W Front St.
El Paso, IL 61738
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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.