GERMANTOWN HILLS, Ill. (Sept. 4, 2018) — An American Red Cross blood drive will be held in memory of Brandon David Angle Saturday, Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Germantown Hills Great Oaks Community Church, 515 State Route 116, in Germantown Hills.
Brandon passed away in July 2017 from lymphoma at the age of 26. While struggling with the disease for nearly two and a half months, he received multiple blood and platelet transfusions.
The Red Cross has a need for blood and platelet donors of all blood types to give now and help save patient lives.
Brandon’s family remembers him as having a big heart, spending time with family and friends, and enjoying adventures as he journeyed through life.
“Donating blood is a simple way of giving back”, said Brandon’s mother, Angela Angle. “I thought we could celebrate his birthday and help to save lives by giving blood.”
Those with types O, A negative and B negative blood are encouraged to make a Power Red donation at this blood drive. Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact. During this type of donation, red blood cells are separated from other blood components, and the plasma and platelets are safely and comfortably returned to the donor.
“Hosting a blood drive in Brandon’s name and aligning the drive close to his birthday is a wonderful way to honor him and help patients in need,” said Tammy Hibser, account manager for the Red Cross Heart of America Blood Services Region. “The Angle family hopes the Germantown Hills community will give blood in his memory.”
Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all need blood.
Those who come out to give blood or platelets Sept. 1-30 will receive a coupon for a free haircut at Sports Clips. The coupon is valid through Nov. 11, 2018 at participating locations and will arrive via email several days after their donation. Donors must have a valid email address on record to receive the coupon.
How to donate blood
Simply download the 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 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, from a computer or mobile device. 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.