Niko Dinovo’s family says Niko has a heart of gold, and that he loves his family and friends, the color pink and the Dallas Cowboys. Family members recall he says “I love you” to everyone before going out. They’ll also tell you that Niko is the family “warrior” who is taking on the biggest fight of his life. On October 28, the 16-year-old Colonie Central High School student sustained third degree burns to 95 percent of his body when the car he was riding in crashed into a building. He is being treated at the Trauma & Burn Center at Westchester Medical Center. Niko’s recovery will require an estimated 30 surgeries. He will need blood transfusions for each procedure.
Niko’s aunt, Davina Resciniti, is a dedicated blood donor who is working with other family members to organize a special blood drive.” We’ve been given so much love and support by the community,” says Davina. “Holding a blood drive in Niko’s honor is one of the things our family wants to do, not only for Niko, but also to give back and help others.”
Donate Blood in Honor of Niko Dinovo
Saturday, November 26
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Colonie High School
1 Raider Boulevard, Albany
To make an appointment to donate, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-REDCROSS. Use sponsor code PRAYFORNIKO
Right now, blood donations are being distributed to hospitals as quickly as they come in. Donors of all blood types are needed to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients this fall. Type O negative donors are an important part of the Red Cross trauma team. Because it is the universal blood type and can be transfused to patients of any blood type, type O negative blood is what emergency room personnel reach for when there is no time to determine the blood type of patients in the most serious situations.
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.