The Seretta family is partnering with the American Red Cross for the third annual blood drive in honor of their son Henry.
In November 2014, at 6 months old, happy-go-lucky Henry was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and immediately hospitalized. Over the next 10 days, Henry received several blood transfusions, which gave him extra time with his family. Henry passed away Nov. 22, 2014, just 12 days after he was diagnosed.
“The transfusions Henry received helped give us time to process the situation,” said Henry’s dad, Tim Seretta. “Blood affects us all, and we appreciate everyone who helps.”
Through their grieving, the Serettas have had incredible support from the Omaha community. Now they hope to help spread that support to others in need of blood.
Donate blood in memory of Henry Seretta
Saturday, April 22
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
LaVista Community Center
8116 Parkview Blvd.
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 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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross