David Hall died in 2013 following leukemia battle
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — For four years, David Hall battled cancer. Now, for the fifth straight year, Hall’s family and friends, the City of Kirksville, Kirksville Masonic Lodge No.105, Adair Masonic Lodge No. 366 and the American Red Cross will honor his life with a blood drive in his memory. Donors are encouraged to pay tribute to Hall and help others in need during the drive on Wednesday, May 31 from Noon to 6 p.m.
In February 2009, Hall was diagnosed with myelofibrosis, a blood cancer. In February 2013, that cancer transformed to a more life-threatening form of leukemia, which eventually took his life. Since his initial diagnosis, Hall received more than 30 units of blood and platelets as part of his treatment.
“This is one way we can continue to give back to the Red Cross and the hospitals and patients they serve,” said Laurie Hall, David’s wife. “We hope to see a lot of the community out to donate and help provide the Red Cross with a huge supply of blood.”
Every two seconds in the United States blood is needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. The Red Cross must collect nearly 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,600 hospitals nationwide.
Donate Blood in Memory of David Hall
Wednesday, May 31
Noon to 6 p.m.
2700 E. Illinois in Kirksville
To make an appointment to donate, download the Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code
KirksMasonicLodge or call 1-800-RED CROSS.
Blood donated in memory of David Hall could help a variety of patients, including accident victims, cancer patients and those undergoing surgery. Blood donors of all types are needed. Those with types O, A negative and B negative blood are encouraged to make a Power Red donation at this blood drive. Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact. Donated blood may be used to help accident victims, surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. There is no substitute for donated blood products.
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 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.