PITTSBURG, Kan. — Three-year-old Jaden Perona loves the color red, building with his Mega Bloks and riding his battery-powered four-wheeler. In order to enjoy his favorite things, Jaden needs twice-weekly injections to help control severe hemophilia, a condition that severely reduces his blood’s ability to clot
To honor this remarkable little boy with a huge smile and fighting spirit, his family invites you to help others by giving blood at the upcoming American Red Cross blood drive to be held in Jaden’s honor May 17, 1-6 p.m., and May 18, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Countryside Christian Church, 1901 E. 4th.
“We’re inviting the Pittsburg community to do what our community does so well – take care of its own,” said Jamie Perona, Jaden’s mother. “Come to the drive in honor of Jaden, grab some information on how you can help those with hemophilia and roll up your sleeve to give blood to help save the life of someone in need.”
Volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for those in need of transfusions. Donors of all blood types are needed this spring.
To give blood in honor of Jaden, simply download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and use sponsor code, PittsburgKS.
How to donate blood
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.