KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (May 10, 2018) — For the sixth year the American Red Cross will join family and friends of David Hall, the City of Kirksville, Kirksville Masonic Lodge No.105 and Adair Masonic Lodge No. 366 to host a blood drive Thursday, May 24, from noon to 6 p.m. at the NEMO Fairgrounds, 2700 E. Illinois St., in Kirksville.
In February 2009, David was diagnosed with myelofibrosis, a blood cancer. The cancer transformed to a more life-threatening form of leukemia, which eventually took his life in February 2013. During his treatments, Hall received more than 30 units of blood and platelets. Donors are encouraged to pay tribute to Hall and help patients in need.
“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. “The community has been very supportive of this blood drive as we have collected over 500 donations. We hope to continue our efforts in collecting lifesaving donations to keep the blood supply stable.”
Donors of all blood types are needed in May, which is National Trauma Awareness Month. Trauma accounts for 41 million emergency room visits every year in the U.S. A single car accident victim can need as many as 100 units of blood. The Red Cross urges eligible donors to help ensure lifesaving blood is available for patients with traumatic injuries and other serious medical needs by donating blood.