The community is invited to give blood in honor of Ally Bea Roessner at a special American Red Cross blood drive on Thursday, Nov. 3, from 1 to 7 p.m. at Fort Recovery Elementary and Middle School.
Ally was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia in 2013 at the age of three. During many months of intense treatments she needed blood transfusions to survive. Today Ally is in remission and chemo free. Blood donations have helped Ally live to enjoy playing with her brothers and playing dress up.
“Ally loves going to school every day,” said Diane Roessner, Ally’s mother. “She is an inspiration to anyone who meets her and is taking the sting out of cancer.”
The Roessner family hopes the community will donate blood in honor of their daughter to help other families in a similar situation.
“Hosting this blood drive in her name is a wonderful way to honor Ally and help other patients in need,” said Jeri Garringer, account manager for the Red Cross.
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 Ally Bea Roessner
Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016
1 to 7 p.m.
Fort Recovery Elementary and Middle School
865 Sharpsburg Road, Fort Recovery, OH 45846
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 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.