Emporia Community Blood Drive to Honor Local Student Who Needed Blood to Live

May 20, 2010

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Emporia Community Blood Drive to Honor Local Student Who Needed Blood to Live

Wichita, Kan.—May 3, 2010—The American Red Cross will host a special community blood drive May 20 to 22, in honor of Mariah Serrano (pictured at right).

It has been almost a year since Mariah was involved in a terrible car accident. She sustained severe head injuries and both of her lungs collapsed. Doctors didn’t give her much chance for survival, but Mariah has surprised everyone and is expected to return home soon.

“I just can’t say enough about the importance of giving blood,” said Angie Serrano, Mariah’s mom. “Right after Mariah’s accident, she needed several units (of blood) immediately, and more blood during the first three weeks when she underwent several surgeries. I think about this all the time, about how complete strangers gave such a wonderful gift to my daughter – a gift that they will never know about.”

Mariah joins the ranks of patients across Kansas who need blood every day to survive. Thanks to the Red Cross and generous donors, blood is always on hospital shelves when it is needed.

This blood drive will help raise awareness about the importance of becoming a blood donor. Mark your calendar now to donate blood: Thursday, May 20, 12:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Friday, May 21, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Saturday, May 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Emporia Presbyterian Church, 1702 W. 15th Ave. Saturday is sponsored by the EHS Student Council. Make an appointment by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or online at redcrossblood.org.  

“With summer, comes more teens on the roads, added Angie Serrano. “I truly hope young people in our community can learn from Mariah’s accident, and see that the need for new blood donors is real.”


How to Donate Blood:

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.orgto make an appointment today. Walk-ins are also welcome at this drive. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 in Kansas with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19. Visit redcrossblood.orgto learn more.


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation’s blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The American Red Cross is a charity, not a government agency and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission.