Special blood drive Jan. 26 in memory of Chelsea Hayes

January 11, 2018

CHEBOYGAN, Mich.— Family, friends and community members are invited to roll up a sleeve and donate blood in memory of Chelsea Hayes, Friday, Jan. 26, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Fraternal Order of Eagles #1282 in Cheboygan.

Chelsea passed away May 4, 2012 at age 20, one year after receiving a double-lung transplant at University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. She was active in cheerleading and enjoyed ice skating, dancing and camping. In Aug. 2011, Chelsea married Darren Gregory, whom she met while receiving treatment at a Grand Rapids hospital. Darren had also undergone double-lung transplant surgery three years earlier and passed away just 127 days after Chelsea.


“She was so brave. A real fighter,” said Jeanette Hudak, Chelsea’s mother. “She told me she was so grateful for the more than 20 pints of blood she received that allowed her to live a lifetime in a year.”


This blood drive comes as the Red Cross faces a winter blood shortage. Winter storms this month have forced many blood drives to cancel causing thousands of blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. Blood donations are urgently needed now so patients can continue to receive the lifesaving treatments they need. Right now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals as fast as they are coming in.


 Blood Drive in memory of Chelsea Hayes

Friday, Jan. 26, 2018

noon to 6 p.m.

Fraternal Order of Eagles #1282

626 N. Main Street, Cheboygan, MI 49721


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 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.