Special Blood Drive to Be Held In Honor Of Lauren Cunningham and Issac Hayes

October 3, 2014

Allen County community encouraged to give blood

Lauren Cunningham and Issac Hayes

LIMA, OH — An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2014 in honor of 9-year-old Lauren Cunningham of Lima and 5-year-old Issac Hayes of Wapakoneta. Both children are battling T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

“Issac was disgnosed in February and has received multiple blood transfusions,” said his mother, Nicole Hayes. “We hope the entire community will come out to donate blood.”

“Lauren has received blood in the treatment of her illness,” said her father, Johnathan Cunningham. “This blood drive is being held to raise awareness for everyone who needs donated blood.”

Blood and platelet donations are needed every day for patients with many serious medical conditions. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all need blood.

Lauren likes playing sports, including soccer and softball, and also enjoys hunting with her dad. Issac recently started kindergarten. Photos of both children are attached.


Donate Blood in Honor of Lauren Cunningham and Issac Hayes
Saturday, October 4, 2014
11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
First Missionary Church
1105 West Robb Avenue in Lima.

Donors are asked to please call 1-800-RED CROSS or go to redcrossblood.org to schedule a blood donation appointment.


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 (16 with parental consent in some states), 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.


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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.