EFFINGHAM, IL. — The American Red Cross will once again partner with the Ashmore Community Center to host the second annual blood drive in memory of Kyle Updegraff on Wednesday, March 8 from 1 to 6 p.m.
Kyle was a generous and caring young man always willing to help family and friends, and was involved in fundraising for various organizations. He suffered complications from the H1N1 virus. While hospitalized and receiving treatment for his lungs, Kyle suffered a major blood vessel tear. Prior to his passing, his blood volume was replaced four times due to bleeding from surgeries. Kyle’s mother hopes the community will donate in memory of her son.
“I would like to challenge all of my fellow nursing friends, co-workers, doctors and all who knew Kyle and his sister Krissta Newby to donate blood for this cause,” said Sharon Updegraff, Kyle’s mother. “You never know what tomorrow will bring. It may be our own family member, or someone we don’t know, that may need our help. We want all types of blood to be available when needed. Don’t let Kyle down, donate and make him proud.”
Ashmore Community Building
211 S. Illinois St.
Ashmore, IL. 61912
1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
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.
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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.