Beatrice, Neb. woman credits blood transfusions for giving her holiday with family

December 13, 2012
BEATRICE, Neb. – For Beatrice resident Cindy Vetrovsky, the holidays meant Christmas Eve with her parents, siblings and other family members. Each year her family gathered around a beautiful table, enjoyed prime rib and each other’s company. Cindy had never missed celebrating the holiday with her parents, but that almost changed in December 2007.
Diagnosed with breast cancer earlier that year, Vetrosky had a mastectomy and became cancer free. She had much to celebrate that holiday season. But complications from reconstruction surgery landed Vetrovsky in the hospital on December 23, and she needed blood transfusions.
The following day, Vestrovsky begged her doctor to discharge her from the hospital so that she could spend Christmas Eve with her family. Her pleas were answered and she was discharged and on her way to her parents’ house for Christmas Eve. Vetrosky credits the six pints of blood for helping to save her life and giving her the cherished opportunity to celebrate another holiday with her family.
The American Red Cross encourages Beatrice-area residents to give something that means something this holiday season – a potentially lifesaving blood donation. Hospital patients in Nebraska and across the country may benefit from those who make the time to give blood at the Beatrice Holiday Blood Drive on Dec. 20 at the Holiday Inn Express. 
“The Beatrice Holiday Blood Drive comes at an important time of year for the Red Cross,” said Tricia Quinn, CEO of the Red Cross Midwest Blood Services Region. “This blood drive will help boost the blood supply during the holidays and each pint may help save up to three lives. The only cost is about an hour of time, but, to a hospital patient in need, time is everything.”
Beatrice Holiday Blood Drive
Sponsored by KWBE
Thursday, Dec. 20 from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn Express – Conference Center
4005 N. Sixth St., Beatrice, Neb.
To make an appointment, please call 402-223-4211 or visit (enter sponsor code 009238).
The need for blood is constant and doesn’t take a holiday. Winter weather, seasonal illnesses and holiday plans often pack a donor’s schedule, leaving little time to give. This can reduce blood supplies for patients in need. All blood types are needed to ensure an adequate blood supply during the holidays, especially donors with type O positive, O negative, A negative or B negative blood.
How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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 permission 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
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