Femi Tevoedjre has overcome tremendous trials in her short life. At just 9 years old, Femi was diagnosed with congenital heart disease and was placed on the waiting list for a transplant. Her medical care included several blood transfusions. She received the gift of a new heart in July 2014.
To celebrate two years of good health, Femi’s family and the American Red Cross are teaming up to host a blood drive in her name on Saturday, July 23.
The need for blood is constant, but it is especially great in the summer when many regular donors and blood drive coordinators are away on vacation. Blood donors with all types, particularly O negative, A negative and B negative, are needed to help ensure a steady blood supply for patients like Femi who will undergo transplants, as well as for people fighting cancer, premature babies, burn victims and many more.
Donate blood in honor of Femi Tevoedjre
Saturday, July 23
8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Glad Tidings Church
7415 Hickory St. in Omaha
To make an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED CROSS, use the free
Red Cross Blood Donor App or visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code FEMI.
Femi’s family is forever grateful to the volunteer donors who gave their time to help their daughter heal. Now they hope to pass the gift of life onto other patients in need.
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 (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.