LOGAN, Ohio (Nov. 15, 2019) — The community is invited to give blood in memory of Mark Potter at a special Pints for Potter American Red Cross blood drive held in his name Saturday, Nov. 30 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Logan High School in Logan with a goal to collect 100 blood donations.
Mark was a pillar of the Hocking County community at the young age of 28, known for his generous, giving spirit. Mark passed away unexpectedly in November 2018 while on duty at MedFlight and is missed by many. He was a 2008 graduate of Logan High School, where he was also class president his senior year. He dedicated his life to giving back to the community through his career with MedFlight, Hocking County EMS and the Logan Fire Department. He found fulfillment in helping family or friends with any task needed. He was also a dedicated Red Cross blood donor.
Mark’s family and friends want to honor him with a blood drive in his name and invite the community to give blood. “Mark was dedicated to helping others and was truly a selfless person,” said Zach Adams, Mark’s best friend. “It is a fitting tribute to give the gift of life in his honor.”
Those who come to give at this blood drive will be entered to win a two night weekday stay in a cottage at the Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls in Logan, Ohio for two people with breakfast both mornings, courtesy of the Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls. Additionally, those who come to give at this drive will receive a $5 Amazon.com gift card, courtesy of Suburban Propane, and a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.
“There are so many reasons why someone may need blood that we don’t even realize,” said Lori Gaitten, donor recruitment account manager for the Red Cross. “We take for granted that blood and blood products will be there at the hospital when we need it, but it can only come from generous volunteer donors. Giving blood in Mark’s name is a wonderful way to honor him and potentially help others.”
Every two seconds in the United States blood is 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 more than 13,000 blood and platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,500 hospitals nationwide.
“Pints for Potter blood drive in memory of Mark Potter
Saturday, November 30, 2019
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Logan High School
14470 State Rt. 328, Logan, OH 43138
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device 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 and platelet donors can 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, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% 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.