COLUMBUS, Ohio (March 27, 2019) — The community is invited to give blood in honor of two local children, Eden Adams and Evan DeCarlo, at a special American Red Cross blood drive held in their names Saturday, April 13 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at New Albany Primary School.
Eden, a former New Albany Primary School student, lost her battle with neuroblastoma, a form of cancer, in 2008 at age 8. She received more than 200 transfusions during treatment.
Evan, a fifth grader at New Albany Primary School, loves sports, swimming and being active. He was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in February 2018 at age 10. So far, he has received approximately 20 blood transfusions during treatment and may need more as treatment continues. Blood donors are a vital part of cancer treatment.
“We hope to see people coming to donate who have not given before,” said Lydia DeCarlo, Evan’s mother. “Maybe they are scared or not sure what to expect, but if they think about what someone like Evan’s age goes through, I believe it will give them strength to give blood donation a try.”
“There are so many reasons why someone may need blood that we don’t even realize,” said Kristie Grogan, 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 Evan and Eden’s names is a wonderful way to honor them both 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 honor of Eden Adams and Evan DeCarlo
Saturday, April 13, 2019
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
New Albany Primary Gym
87 N. High St., New Albany, OH 43054
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. 2019-APL-0045