KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – On Tuesday, August 16 the Red Cross and friends of both families will be holding a blood drive in honor of Jersey Jo Sullivan and Stormi Jo Bunch at Preferred Family Healthcare from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is the fifth year a blood drive has been held in honor of Jersey Jo, but the first including Stormi Jo.
As preemie infants Jersey Jo and Stormi Jo were hospitalized. Both were put on a ventilator after they were diagnosed with RSV, a respiratory virus that infects the lungs and breathing passages. Due to the complications of RSV they both received blood transfusions from volunteer donors that saved their lives.
“The blood transfusions helped save Jersey Jo’s life and Stormi Jo’s life,” said Heather Montgomery, Jersey Jo’s mother. “Our families are extremely grateful, and we want to continue to help do the same for others.”
(From L to R: Stormi Jo Bunch and Jersey Jo Sullivan)
Friends of Jersey Jo and Stormi Jo Blood Drive
Tuesday, Aug. 16
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Preferred Family Healthcare
900 E. LaHarpe, Kirksville, Mo. 63501
The Red Cross continues to have an emergency need for blood and platelet donors to give now and help save patient lives. All blood types are urgently needed. For those interested in hosting or sponsoring a blood drive visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
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 (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.