ANGOLA, Ind. — The community is invited to give blood in honor of Olivia Stoy at a special American Red Cross blood drive on Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Sonlight Community Church in Angola.
Olivia has received multiple blood transfusions over several months during treatment for T-Lymphoblastic Lymphoma, a form of cancer. Blood donations mean that this lively 12-year-old can continue to enjoy basketball, softball, 4-H and other things 7th graders enjoy.
“At times Olivia gets headaches when her hemoglobin is low,” said Megan Stoy, Olivia’s mother. “After a bag or two of blood she is a new kid and back to her spunky self. She needs the blood to have the energy to fight this cancer.”
“Hosting this blood drive in her name is a wonderful way to honor Olivia and help other patients in need,” said Marla Miller, 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 Olivia Stoy
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016
12:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Sonlight Community Church
455 North Gerald Lett Ave., Angola, IN 46703
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.