An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29 in honor of 4-year-old Mykenzi Adams at Oak Hill Church of Christ in Covington.
Last year, Mykenzi was diagnosed with stage 4 Neuroblastoma a type of cancer that occurs most often in infants and young children. Many cancer patients will need blood, sometimes daily, during cancer treatment. Mykenzi has received more than 50 blood and platelet transfusions since she was diagnosed.
“When she needs blood she's weak; when she needs platelets she can't stop bleeding,” said Chelsie Williams, Mykenzi's mom. “It is essential that people continue to be generous in giving ‘the gift of life’ because our kids with cancer depend on them.”
Right now, the Red Cross has an urgent need for donors of all blood types, especially type O. Eligible donors are urged to help support cancer patients like Mykenzi and others in need by donating blood or platelets.
Donate Blood in Honor of Mykenzi Adams
Saturday, Oct. 29
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Oak Hill Church of Christ
195 Snapping Shoals Road, Covington
To make an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), visit redcrossblood.org or download the Red Cross Blood Donor App
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.