Rose Hill Middle School student Reese Naylor just turned 13 and enjoys baking cupcakes with her best friend. When she was 4, Reese was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia, and at 10, myelodysplastic syndrome. She has undergone many treatments including two bone marrow transplants, many rounds of chemotherapy and countless blood and platelet transfusions.
The Rose Hill community is invited to honor Reese and help make sure blood is available for patients in need of transfusions this summer by donating at an upcoming blood drive July 29, from 1-6 p.m., at the Rose Hill Recreation Center, 400 S. Rose Hill Road.
“We couldn’t think of a better way to honor Reese than to help raise awareness that blood must be donated for those who need it,” said Jennifer Naylor, her mother. “We’ll never know who donated the blood Reese received, but encouraging others to give helps us feel like we are giving back.”
The blood drive held in Reese’s honor comes at an important time for the Red Cross. An emergency call for blood donors was recently issued those eligible to give as soon as possible. Blood donations have fallen short of hospital needs for the past few months, resulting in about 39,000 fewer donations than what is needed. With less than a five day’s supply of blood, the Red Cross seeks eligible donors to give now for patients in need.
For more information and to make an appointment to donate at the drive honoring Reese Naylor, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors of all blood types are needed.
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 Texas), 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.