Salina Community Blood Drive to Honor Doug Frye and Raise Awareness About Need for Blood

April 26, 2011

News Release


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, Kan. – April 26, 2011 The American Red Cross Blood Services will host a special community blood drive on April 27-29, 2011 in honor of Doug Frye. In addition to whole blood, Red Cross will also be collecting platelets at this drive. Just a year ago, Doug, now 21, was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor and was not expected to live. But it is amazing what a difference a year can make.

Doug, like many people across Kansas, depended on blood products to live. During a period of 10 weeks from May through August 2010, Doug had eight surgeries to remove an ependymoma, a rare type of brain tumor that starts in the central nervous system. He was fortunate to be in the skilled hands of doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

“After each surgery, Doug had uncontrollable bleeding,” said Jacque Frye, Doug’s mother. “Doctors gave him whole blood, platelets and plasma to keep him alive. Doug would not be here today if not for the blood people had donated.”

Following the surgeries, Doug spent the rest of the year relearning how to walk, speak and do all the other things most of us take for granted each day.

In early August, Doug’s family was finally able to bring him home to continue his therapy in Salina. Luckily for him, mom Jacque is physical therapist. Doug was able to go to work with her and receive physical therapy. They also brought in occupational therapists and speech therapists to help speed his recovery.

“We are supporting this blood drive to bring awareness to the need for blood,” said Jacque.  “Our family is so grateful for all of the support we have received and want to do whatever we can to make sure all hospital patients have access to blood when they need it.”

On December 30, 2010, Doug was able to drive himself back to Manhattan, Kan. to resume life as a Wildcat at Kansas State University. He has started slowly, by taking two classes this spring semester, but according to Jacque he continues to improve each day.

“A year ago, we were fearful for Doug’s life, health and future,” said Jacque. “Now, we are absolutely thrilled that doctors cannot find the tumor on scans, and Doug is back at K-State.” She added, “It is no secret what God can do. Our family lives by Jeremiah 29:11.”

If you would like to keep up with Doug’s progress or share your thoughts or prayers with his family, visit: Donate blood in Doug’s honor at the upcoming Salina Community Blood Drive, April 27-29, 2011.


Drive Information:
The Salina Community Blood Drive in Honor of Doug Frye will be held Wednesday, April 27 from Noon to 7 p.m.; Thursday, April 28 from Noon to 7 p.m.; and Friday, April 29 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sunrise Presbyterian Church, Roach & Beloit, Salina, Kan. In addition to whole blood, there is an increasing need for people to give platelets during what is called an apheresis donation. In addition to whole blood, people may also donate platelets at the Salina Community Blood Drive.

How to Donate Blood:
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment today. 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.

People interested in learning more about becoming a platelet donor should call 1-866-206-0694.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at

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