The community is invited to give blood in memory of Danielle Tooley at a special American Red Cross blood drive on Wednesday, Feb. 1, from 1 to 7 p.m. at Traders Point Christian Academy in Whitestown.
A teacher at Traders Point Christian Academy, Danielle was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in July 2013. Blood transfusions helped Danielle outlive her cancer for two and a half years until she passed on Feb. 25, 2016. She was a beloved wife, mother, sister, friend, teacher and artist. Before joining the Traders Point team as head of the English department, Danielle was a long time volunteer at the school. During her time with the school she sponsored the yearbook and created a jewelry and metalsmithing class. She also started a number of home-based businesses, served on mission trips abroad and mentored countless students.
“She taught her students, family, and friends more than she could possibly imagine both in health and in sickness through her grace, strength, and focus on others even during her own trials,” said Michael Tooley, Danielle’s husband.
The Tooley family encourages the community to give blood in Danielle’s honor. “The medical treatment she received, including blood transfusions, gave her an extended lease on her remarkable life which allowed her to have an enduring impact on everyone around her,” said Michael. “She would want others to have the same opportunity and would be honored to lend her name to this blood drive.”
“Hosting this blood drive in her name is a wonderful way to honor Danielle and help patients in need,” said Meg Ahlering, account manager for the Red Cross Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region.
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 memory of Danielle Tooley
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017
1 to 7 p.m.
Traders Point Christian Academy
6600 South Indianapolis Road, Whitestown, IN 46076
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.