PLEASANT HILL, Calif. (Feb. 1, 2019) - The Pleasant Hill community is invited to donate blood in honor of John Daily, a College Park High School basketball alumnus, who was critically injured in a Christmas Eve morning accident in Houston. John Daily, and his twin brother Michael, are Houston police officers.
Daily and his partner were struck by a drunk driver causing their vehicle to roll over several times and catch fire. Daily was pulled from the vehicle by his partner and suffered second- and third-degree burns over 50 percent of his body. He has received multiple blood transfusions and will likely need more as part of future surgeries.
Daily’s parents, residents of Pleasant Hill, invite friends and the community to roll up a sleeve and donate blood in honor of Officer Daily. The blood drive will take place at the American Red Cross Pleasant Hill Blood Center, 140 Gregory Lane and runs through Feb. 5. A poster will also be available to sign and write a message which will be delivered to Officer Daily after the blood drive. As a thank-you, wristbands with the message #IFightWithJohn will be given out, courtesy of Daily’s family, while supplies last.
This blood drive will help the blood supply recover from a donation shortfall over the winter holidays that prompted the Red Cross to issue an emergency call for blood donors to give now. Donors of all blood types, especially platelet donors and type O blood donors, are needed to prevent a blood shortage from continuing throughout winter and affecting patient care.
To make an appointment to donate in in honor of Officer John Daily, use the Red Cross Blood Donor App, schedule online at RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
How to donate blood
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, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass 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.