MONTICELLO, Ind. — The community is invited to give blood in honor of Isaiah Ancil at a special American Red Cross “Strength for Isaiah” blood drive on Sunday, Oct. 23, from noon to 5:30 p.m. at BJ Wingers in Monticello.
Three-year-old Isaiah was diagnosed with leukemia in July 2016 and is currently battling the disease. During his treatments he has received blood transfusions, and will need more as his treatment continues.
The Ancils hope the community will donate blood in honor of their son to help other families in a similar situation. “Isaiah goes out of his way to brighten everyone’s day and make them smile,” said Sean Ancil, Isaiah’s father. “He is just full of life.”
“Hosting this blood drive in his name is a wonderful way to honor Isaiah and help other patients in need,” said Dianna Weiss, account manager for the Red Cross.
Ten percent of all sales at BJ Wingers on Oct. 23 will be donated to support Isaiah’s fight against leukemia.
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 Isaiah Ancil
Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016
Noon to 5:30 p.m.
1210 N. 6th St., Monticello, IN 47960
To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS
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 (16 with parental consent in some states), 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, 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.