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.
All those who come to donate from May 14 to June 10, 2018, will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email, courtesy of Suburban Propane. (Restrictions apply; see amazon.com/gc-legal. Additional information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.)
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code KirksMasonicLodge 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, from a computer or mobile device. 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.