CARBONDALE, Pa. — The American Red Cross invites the community to give blood of memory of Amanda Giglia-Prawszik on Friday, July 13 at Creekside Health and Rehabilitation Center, 45 N. Scott St. in Carbondale, Pennsylvania. Blood donation appointments are available between 2-7 p.m. Schedule an appointment online using sponsor code Creekside or call 1-800-REDCROSS.
The drive honors the memory of Amanda Giglia-Prawszik, who received blood transfusions during her battle with breast cancer. In 2011, Amanda was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, for which she underwent a double mastectomy and chemotherapy. In June 2016, just short of being in remission for five years, Amanda was diagnosed with stage four triple negative metastatic breast cancer in her bones and lungs.
During her final days, Amanda – a long-time blood donor herself – was able to spend quality time with her daughters Arika and Casey thanks to blood transfusions. They, in turn, are hosting the July 13 blood drive to help ensure that lifesaving blood is available to patients who need it this summer. Arika and Casey invite the entire Carbondale community to come out on July 13 and donate blood in memory of their mom – whose bubbly smile and energetic personality made her loved by all who knew her.
This blood drive comes as the Red Cross is urging individuals to help ensure blood is never missing from hospital shelves by donating blood or platelets through the Missing Types campaign. The goal of Missing Types is to inspire new blood donors and those who haven’t given in a while to give this summer and become a regular blood donor for patients in need in the years to come. For the past four years, new Red Cross blood donors have declined by about 80,000 each year. More blood donors are needed now to fill the gaps.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, schedule online 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 must 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, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions or use the Blood Donor App.
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.