COLUMBUS, Ohio (April 17, 2019) — The community is invited to give blood in memory of Robert Uhrig at a special American Red Cross blood drive held in his memory Saturday, April 27 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Union-Scioto Administration Offices in Chillicothe.
Robert is remembered as a caring father, teacher and mentor, who spent his career teaching 23 years in the Union-Scioto School District and seven years in the Zane Trace School District. He also served as Dean of the Christian Union Bible College in Greenfield. He developed bleeding ulcers caused by medication used to treat MRSA, a form of bacterial infection, which caused him to receive 11 blood transfusions as part of his treatment. He passed away at age 72 in 2007.
Robert’s family invites the community to give blood in his memory. “Our father made an impact on many people while he lived,” said Christy Leslie, Robert’s daughter. “We would love to see many people give blood in his name to help others in need of transfusions.”
“There are so many reasons why someone may need blood that we don’t even realize,” said Jessica Hayden, donor recruitment account manager for the Red Cross. “We take for granted that blood will be there at the hospital when we need it, but it can only come from generous volunteer donors. Giving blood in Robert’s name is a wonderful way to remember him and potentially help others.”
Every two seconds in the United States blood is 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 more than 13,000 blood and platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,500 hospitals nationwide, including 41 hospitals in Central Ohio.
Donate blood in memory of Robert Uhrig
Saturday, April 27, 2019
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Union-Scioto Administration Offices
1565 Egypt Pike, Chillicothe, OH 45601
How to donate blood
Simply download the 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 and platelet donors can 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, from a computer or mobile device. 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.