The community is invited to give blood in honor of Dr. Kay Heggestad, long time blood donor battling cancer, at a special American Red Cross blood drive on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wildwood Family Clinic in Madison.
Dr. Heggestad is one of the founding physicians of Wildwood Family Clinic and was
diagnosed with multiple myeloma, an incurable cancer of the bone marrow, earlier this year. Having donated more than 8 gallons of blood herself, she understands the importance of giving. So far she has received about two gallons of blood transfusions through her treatments.
Before her diagnosis, Dr. Heggestad built a reputation for strong community involvement, having served as an algebra tutor, PFLAG board member, delegate to the Wisconsin Medical Society, member of the Dane County Opioid Task Force and more.
“Giving blood in my honor is about the nicest thing anyone has ever done for me,” said Dr. Heggestad.
“Hosting this blood drive in her name is a wonderful way to honor Dr. Heggestad and help other patients in need,” said Michelle Meekma-Yaun, account manager for the Red Cross.
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 Honor of Dr. Kay Heggestad
Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wildwood Family Clinic
4901 Cottage Grove Road, Madison, WI 53716
To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS
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.