Dedicated blood donor remembered for his giving spirit
JORDAN, Minn. — An American Red Cross blood drive will be held in memory of Cyril Wolf on Thursday, Feb. 9. Tragically, Wolf died last year from injuries received when he was hit by a car. To honor his memory, his family is inviting the community to pay it forward and remember his giving spirit by donating blood in his name.
Wolf, a dedicated blood donor, began giving blood when he was in the Navy. In addition, he was involved in many other civic and community organizations.
“My dad was a loyal blood donor and would encourage anyone who was eligible to donate blood to do so, said Keith Wolf, Cyril Wolf’s son. “He was all about helping others, and a blood drive is a wonderful way to celebrate his life and honor his spirit of helping save lives.”
Donate blood in memory of Cyril Wolf
Thursday, Feb. 9
St. John’s Church
210 Broadway St.
“Dad was a very loving and dedicated husband, father and grandfather,” his son added. “He would be happy to know that others were giving back and making a difference in the lives of patients who are in need.”
“Every two seconds, a patient in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion,” said Sue Thesenga, Communications manager of the North Central Blood Services Region. “You never know when you or a family member will be in need of a lifesaving blood transfusion. The simple act of donating blood can help families spend more time with their loved ones.”
Blood products can benefit many different kinds of patients including accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer, sickle cell disease, and many other conditions.
This blood drive comes when the Red Cross has a severe winter blood shortage and has issued an emergency call for donors to give now so patients can continue to receive the lifesaving treatments they need. Right now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in.
How to donate blood
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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.