The community is invited to give blood in honor of Shelley Sullivan at a special American Red Cross blood drive Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Boys and Girls Club Zionsville West in Whitestown.
Shelley Sullivan is a wife, mother of four small children and known for being a kind hearted and giving person. She has battled stage four metastic breast cancer for four years, staying positive and fun-loving no matter her circumstances. Throughout her treatment Shelley has received blood transfusions on a regular basis and may need more as treatment continues.
When asked what others could do for her, Shelley said she wants others to give blood because transfusions are what help her have the energy to keep up with her family. “Through my four year treatment process I have had many wonderful giving people want to support me,” said Shelley. “The best way I felt for me to give back was to ask all these wonderful people to give blood with the Red Cross.”
Hosting the blood drive right before Mother’s Day, the Sullivan family hopes to give hope to others who have been touched by cancer. “I want this to be a way of not only helping others in need of blood, but a celebration of life,” said Shelley.
“Hosting this blood drive in her name is a wonderful way to honor Shelley and help patients in need,” said Meg Ahlering, account manager for the Red Cross Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region.
Every two seconds in the United States blood and platelets are needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. The Red Cross must collect nearly 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,600 hospitals nationwide.
Blood drive in honor of Shelley Sullivan
Saturday, May 13, 2017
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Boys and Girls Club Zionsville West
5964 S. 700 East Whitestown, IN 46075
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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross