SUMMIT, N.J.— Last July, 83 units of blood were collected at an inaugural blood drive honoring then 5-year-old Max Gottstein, who was battling treatment-induced acute myeloid leukemia after years of fighting a rare eye cancer called retinoblastoma. Tragically, Max lost his battle in August, just weeks before his sixth birthday.
Max’s family is asking the community to help honor Max’s memory by lending an arm to help patients like him. The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive in honor of Max on Wednesday, May 2 at the Wilson Primary Center, 14 Beekman Terrace in Summit, New Jersey. Blood donation appointments are available between 2-8 p.m. To schedule an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code In Honor of Max.
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Max’s family understands the critical importance of donating blood, especially approaching the summer months when donation numbers decrease because of vacations and school breaks. During his treatment, Max received many blood and platelet transfusions and two bone marrow transplants. Through it all. he remained a happy and imaginative boy, charming everyone he met and inspiring others with his ability to shine even on his darkest days.
Help patients across the region by making an appointment to give blood in honor of Max on May 2.
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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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 and platelet donors can 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, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.
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.
Wilson Primary Center
14 Beekman Terrace
Summit, NJ, 07901
40° 42' 52.2036" N, 74° 21' 47.88" WSee map: Google Maps