The community is invited to give blood in honor of Brady Prosser at a special American Red Cross blood drive on Thursday, Jan. 26, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Trine University in Angola.
Brady, a seventh grader at DeKalb Middle School, was severely burned while burning leaves in October. He has since received daily blood and plasma transfusions during his treatment, which is expected to continue for several more months. A multi-sport athlete in football, basketball and soccer, Brady is looking forward to his recovery and return to a normal teenager’s life.
The Prosser family hopes the Angola community will give blood in his honor. “We all donate regularly as we are trying to create awareness,” said Emily Prosser, Brady’s mother. “We are grateful to be able to do this blood drive in honor of Brady, and we hope the community will give.”
“Hosting this blood drive in his name is a wonderful way to honor Brady and help patients in need,” said Marla Miller, account manager for the Red Cross Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region.
This blood drive comes when the Red Cross has a severe winter blood shortage and has issued an emergency call for donors to give now so patients can continue to receive the lifesaving treatments they need. Right now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in.
Every two seconds in the United States blood and platelets are 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 approximately 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.
Blood Drive in honor of Brady Prosser
Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1 University Ave., Angola, IN 46703
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.