BUCYRUS, Ohio — The community is invited to give blood in memory of Noah Lear at a special American Red Cross blood drive on Friday, July 22, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Bucyrus High School. Organizers hope the event will bring in 100 blood donations in Noah’s name.
Noah was playing basketball with friends on Feb. 27, 2016 when the equipment they were playing on gave out as Noah went up to dunk. He sustained head and neck injuries that proved fatal 18 days later. An excellent student and member of the varsity basketball team, Noah is remembered by friends, family and teammates for his dedication, positivity, and desire to help others, such as through registering as an eye and tissue donor.
Noah’s family hopes to harness the strong community bond that has resulted from his passing to create lasting positive change for others, including by hosting a blood drive and promoting tissue and organ donor registration. As Noah always tried to spread positivity and inspire his friends, his family encourages blood donation as a fitting tribute to his memory and legacy.
“Hosting this blood drive in his name is a wonderful way to remember Noah and honor his legacy of helping others,” said Emily Allen, account manager for the Red Cross.
This blood drive comes at an important time of year. Blood and platelet donations often decline during the summer months when busy summer schedules and vacation plans can cause some donors to be less available to give. Additionally, blood donations at high school and college blood drives, which account for as much as 20 percent of blood donations during the school year, decline when many schools are out of session. But, the need for blood remains constant all summer long.
Bucyrus High School Blood Drive in Memory of Noah Lear
Friday, July 22
9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Bucyrus High School
900 W. Perry St. Bucyrus, Ohio 44820
To schedule an appointment, download the Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org
or call 1-800-RED CROSS
Those who come to donate blood in the Central Ohio Region during July can receive a Columbus Zoo and Aquarium buy one get one free entry coupon and also enter to win weekly drawings for four tickets to Zoombezi Bay. Additionally, those who come to donate between now and Sept. 5 can receive an exclusive Cedar Fair ticket offer that helps support the Red Cross, and enter to win one of two grand prize packages for four to Knott’s Berry Farm in California or Cedar Point in Ohio. Blood drive participants can go to redcrossblood.org/cedarfair to purchase discounted tickets for gate admission and enter to win one of the two grand prize packages. For each ticket purchased through the website, Cedar Fair will donate $2 to the Red Cross to support its humanitarian mission. Terms and conditions apply and are available at redcrossblood.org/cedarfair.
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.