In 2013, David Lankes received the startling diagnosis that he had Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system. While undergoing chemotherapy and stem cell transplant, David received life-sustaining blood transfusions. He credits the generous blood donors in the community for giving him the hope and strength he needed to fight the disease.
Today, David is cancer-free. Since 2014, an annual blood drive is held in his honor to help other patients in need of blood transfusions. This year, the blood drive is being held on World Blood Donor Day. This annual global even serves to raise awareness of the need for blood and blood products and thank blood donors around the world for their life-saving gift of blood.
Donate Blood in honor of David Lankes
Wednesday, June 14
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Holy Cross Church, Yeazel Hall
4112 East Genesee Street, Syracuse
To make an appointment to donate, call 1-800-REDCROSS or visit redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code LANKES. Presenting donors will receive a free Red Cross t-shirt.
Right now, blood and platelet donations are being distributed to hospitals almost as quickly as donations come in. With many donors vacationing and schools that host blood drives on break, summer is an especially difficult time to collect enough blood donations to meet the needs of patients. Blood and platelets are needed for accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. One blood donation can help save up to three lives.
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.