West Hartford community encouraged to give blood
18-year-old cancer fighter Seamus Turco, his family and friends and the American Red Cross invite the West Hartford community to help give the gift of life at a blood drive on Tuesday, July 5th from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the West Hartford Town Hall. Seamus, his twin brother, Gabriel, and their friends have once again made it their mission to ensure blood and blood products are available for all patients in need, like Seamus.
Seamus was diagnosed in 2014 with lymphoblastic lymphoma, a blood cancer. Since then, he has received multiple blood transfusions as part of his treatment plan. He has also become a valued Red Cross supporter, promoting the importance of blood donation, especially to his peers at Conard High School.
Right now, there is a critical need for blood donations. Vacation plans and summer activities often cause donors to be less available to give, leading to a serious challenge in meeting hospital and patient needs. These challenges can be overcome if at least two more people above what’s expected come out to give blood at each drive this summer, like this one in honor of Seamus Turco.
Donate Blood in Honor of Seamus Turco
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
West Hartford Town Hall (3rd Floor Auditorium)
50 South Main St., West Hartford
To make an appointment to donate, visit redcrossblood.org (Sponsor code: TURCO), or call
*As twins, Seamus and his brother, Gabriel, encourage all donors to bring a “twin” with them to donate and help save even more lives this summer!
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 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.