OWENSVILLE, Mo. (Sept. 18, 2019) — The American Red Cross is partnering with family and friends of Addison Sawyer Floyd to host a blood drive in her memory Thursday, Oct. 10 from noon to 6 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 404 S. First St., in Owensville.
Addison was a happy and spirited little girl who loved to dance. In November 2017, she was diagnosed with a difused midline glioma of the brain. After surgery to remove a malignant tumor, she received blood products, including platelets, as part of her treatment. Addison passed away five months later at the age of four. This blood drive is a way for her family to give back to the community and raise awareness for childhood cancer.
“We look forward to hosting this blood drive,” said Jennifer Floyd, Addison’s mother. “This is a way for us to help others who are facing similar situations to Addison’s, and a way to honor her memory.”
The Red Cross urgently needs donors of all blood types to give blood in support of kids fighting cancer, patients with sickle cell disease and others facing serious illnesses. Type O and B blood donors are critically needed right now. The Red Cross must collect about 13,000 blood donations every day for patients at about 2,500 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.
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 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.