Kristie Lynch-Huffman’s smile lit up her face, especially when she reached out to help someone else. When diagnosed with hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT), a rare blood disease, Lynch-Huffman became a fighter, vowing to live each day as if it were her last.
During surgery to stop internal bleeding, caused by HHT, Lynch-Huffman received 36 blood transfusions. Sadly, she passed away in September 2014. Her family invites the community to join them in honoring Lynch-Huffman’s fighting spirit and donate blood at the upcoming blood drive held in her memory April 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Grand Old Gospel Lighthouse, 3653 Highway 6.
“Having this blood drive helps us keep Kristie’s memory alive and also helps others,” said Sonia Lynch, Lynch-Huffman’s mother. “We’d love to see our community come by and roll up a sleeve to help someone else, as Kristie loved to do.”
The Red Cross needs all blood types to maintain a constant supply for patients. Recently, the Red Cross issued a call for type O negative and AB blood donors to give soon. Type O negative blood and type AB plasma remain two of the most in-demand blood products by hospitals.
To make an appointment at the blood drive in memory of Kristie Lynch-Huffman, simply download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), and use the sponsor code memoryofkristie.
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 (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, 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.