Olivia Commisso was only 10 weeks old when she received her first blood transfusion. Olivia’s body cannot produce normal hemoglobin because she has a blood disorder called Beta Thalassemia Major. She will need blood transfusions for the rest of her life.
Olivia’s mother, Amanda Commisso, is a nurse at Crouse Hospital, and her father, Joseph Commisso, is a Syracuse police officer. They’re hosting the blood drive in their daughter’s name to give back to the community and raise awareness about the importance of blood donations. “This blood drive is not only for Olivia, but also for others in our community who may require blood to establish a healthy life,” said Amanda Commisso.
Donate Blood in Honor of Olivia Commisso
Thursday, December 8
11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Lamar Advertising of Syracuse
5947 East Molloy Rd., Syracuse
To make an appointment to donate, visit www.redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code LAMAR.
The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give the perfect gift – a blood donation – to help ensure a sufficient blood supply throughout the holiday season.
A decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors are busy with family gatherings and travel. However, patients don’t get a holiday break from needing lifesaving transfusions. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.
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.