At 3 years old, Nolan Brueggemann cared only about playing like a normal young boy. In 2013, his world changed quickly when he developed sepsis from an infection in his femur and had to fight for his life.Today, thanks to doctors, nurses and blood donors, Nolan, now 6, battles only on a baseball field.
To honor this brave, young fighter, Nolan’s family invites the community to help others by giving blood at an American Red Cross blood drive to be held in his honor July 20 from 1-6:30 p.m. and July 21 from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Countryside Christian Church, 1901 E 4th St. Nolan will celebrate his seventh birthday July 21.His parents, Josh and Sammie Brueggemann, ask everyone to celebrate with him by dropping by the drive to donate blood for those in need this summer.
“Pittsburg has always been the type of community to take care of one another, and we want everyone to do just that in honor of my little boy,” Sammie Brueggemann said. “The community showed us amazing support during our trials with Nolan’s illness. He’s been such a fighter, but it wouldn’t have been possible for him to win the battle without the doctors, nurses and those that donated the blood he received. Join us at the drive to have the same kind of impact on someone just like Nolan.”
This blood drive comes when the Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for donors of all types to give now so patients can continue to receive the lifesaving treatments they need. Blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in, and more donations are needed now to replenish the blood supply.
To give blood at the blood drive in honor of Nolan, 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 Kansas), 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.
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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.