MOLINE, Ill. (July 19, 2018) — The Luckenbill family is inviting the community to donate blood in honor of Fred Luckenbill at a special American Red Cross blood drive Monday, Aug. 1 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Red Cross Blood Donation Center, 1100 River Dr., in Moline.
Luckenbill started his career with the Red Cross in 1962 serving at the Great Lakes Naval Station. He held field positions in Norfolk, Neb., and Milwaukee, Wis., before accepting the role as Executive Director in the Quad Cities and Western Illinois in 1967 in which he served until 2001. His greatest accomplishment during his career was spearheading the capital campaign for the American Red Cross serving the Quad Cities and West Central Illinois.
While retired Luckenbill continued to serve the Red Cross as a loyal blood donor and volunteer. He persistently encouraged donors to give lifesaving blood and personally donated more than 23 pints of blood. His wife, Nancy, a Red Cross volunteer for more than 50 years and their two children are also loyal blood donors. Lukenbill will always be remembered for his love of family, leadership and service to others.
This blood drive comes as the Red Cross faces an emergency blood shortage and is issuing an urgent call for blood and platelet donors to give now so patients can continue to receive the lifesaving treatment they need. Right now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in. More donations are immediately needed to help replenish the blood supply.
“Hosting this blood drive in his name is a wonderful way to honor Fred and help patients in need,” said Gwen Yusko, account manager for the Red Cross Heart of America Blood Services Region. “We are hopeful to collect 30 lifesaving donations at this blood drive and we know this is something that Fred would have appreciated.”
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 2,600 hospitals nationwide.
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 (16 with parental consent in some states), 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, from a computer or mobile device. 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.