A blood drive will be held at Oak Hill Presbyterian Church on August 4 in honor of Jason Snyder, Jr. (JJ) who has been diagnosed with Alpha Thalassemia and Neutropenia.
This will be the fourth year that a blood drive has been held in JJ’s honor, and over the years, 157 units of blood have been collected at this annual drive. JJ’s family is hoping to reach the goal of 48 units donated at this year’s drive. The Snyder family is asking for the support of their community to come out and donate in honor of JJ.
JJ’s red blood cells are too small, and his white blood count is too low. There is no cure for this blood disorder, so the only hope for this 7-year-old is to undergo bone marrow and blood transfusions. Without the help of these transfusions, JJ’s body would not be able to fight off infections. “He’s a true fighter and a loving little boy,” said local Red Cross account manager, Amy Andersen.
Donate Blood in Honor of JJ Snyder, Jr.
Thursday, August 4 | 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Oak Hill Presbyterian Church
205 East Cross St. | Oak Hill, OH 45656
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.