PEORIA, Ill. — The community is invited to give blood in honor of Timothy Talley at a special American Red Cross blood drive on Wednesday, March 15, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Colfax Ridgeview District 19 High School.
Tim, a United States Marine and 2015 graduate of Ridgeview High School, was diagnosed with mycoplasma pneumonia and Epstein-Barr virus in October 2016. Within a week, what started as a bad cough progressed to severe respiratory failure.
After being placed on life support, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, ECMO, provided respiratory support to Tim’s compromised lungs. ECMO is a technique that removes blood and carbon dioxide from the body and replaces it with oxygenated red blood cells.
“I was close to getting a double lung transplant before my miraculous recovery,” said Tim Talley. “When I gave blood before I never thought about myself ever being the one in need. If I did not receive blood transfusions, the result could have been fatal. I am currently in pulmonary rehabilitation three days a week and will be returning to my military base as soon as my lungs have recovered. Please consider donating.”
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 nearly 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,600 hospitals nationwide.
“Hosting this blood drive in his name is a wonderful way to honor Tim, celebrate his miraculous recovery and help patients in need,” said Tammy Hibser, account manager for the Red Cross Heart of America Blood Services Region. “The Talley family hopes the Colfax community will give blood in his honor.”
Blood Drive in honor of Tim Talley
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Colfax Ridgeview District 19 High School
202 East Wood Street, Colfax, IL 61728
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.