Glenn Hansen lost battle to cancer in 2013
STREATOR, Ill. (Sept. 1, 2016) — The American Red Cross is joining family and friends to host a blood drive on Sept. 16 at Streator St. Paul Evangelical in Streator, from 1 to 6 p.m., in memory of Glenn Hansen. Hansen passed away in June of 2013 from leukemia. While struggling with the disease, he received multiple blood and platelet transfusions.
Hansen’s family says he was one of a kind, and a friend to everyone. He loved fishing, politics, the Cubs and doing yard work. But most of all, he loved his family, including six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
“Blood donation is very important to our family. So many people donated blood to my grandpa; we can give back by holding these drives and helping others who need blood,” said Tonya Carter, Hansen’s granddaughter. “Cancer has affected so many people and those who can, should give blood to help patients battling this disease. Donating blood is a simple way to be a hero.”
Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. The Red Cross encourages donors of all blood types to give now and help meet the need. On average, the Red Cross must collect 14,000 blood donations every day for patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.
Everyone who donates blood during the month of September will receive a coupon for a free haircut, courtesy of Sport Clips Haircuts, via email.
How to donate blood
To schedule an appointment to donate, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). 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 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.