FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (September 23, 2016) — In memory of Ceili Leahy a blood drive will be held at the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church on October 8, 2016. In 2013, before her senior year of high school, she was diagnosed with metastatic Ewing’s sarcoma. Over the next 10 months, Leahy courageously battled cancer. Aggressive chemotherapy and radiation proved successful and by the time she completed treatment she was cancer free. A few weeks later, to a standing ovation, Leahy graduated from James Monroe High School.
April of 2015, Leahy was diagnosed with treatment-related acute myeloid leukemia and began aggressive treatment. As part of her treatment, she received hundreds of transfusions of red blood cells and platelets.
“Please think of your blood donation as volunteerism at its best. Know that you will make a difference in the life of an amazing person, and that should help you get beyond the dislike of a needle.” said Ceili’s mother, Leslie Leahy. “Thank you to all who are considering to donate blood and those who are registered to donate in memory of Ceili on October 8th, I know firsthand how important blood donations were to Ceili.”
Donate Blood in memory of Ceili Leahy
Saturday, October 8, 2016
8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Fredericksburg United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall
308 Hanover Street, Fredericksburg Va. 22401
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.