Upcoming Elk Horn blood drive honors young blood recipient

January 6, 2014
OMAHA, Neb. (Jan. 2, 2014) —The American Red Cross typically sees a decline in blood donations following the holiday season. Individuals can help the Red Cross and hospital patients like sixth grader Noah Petersen by giving the generous gift of a blood donation.
Noah, the son of Kevin and Carrie Petersen of Walnut, was diagnosed with botryoid rhabdomyosarcoma in September 2011. During subsequent chemotherapy sessions, Noah received blood transfusions to help keep his hemoglobin levels stable. Noah now enjoys farming, trucks, tractors and riding four wheelers.
 “It was such a blessing not to have to worry about Noah when we found out his blood counts were low,” said Carrie Petersen. “We are so thankful for all those that give blood for this very reason.”
Noah’s family hopes by sharing his story people will be encouraged to make a commitment to donate blood.
Blood Drive in honor of Noah Petersen
Jan. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Elk Horn Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 4313 Main St., Elk Horn, Iowa.
To make an appointment, call Ann White at 712-764-5888.
Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. On average, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 pints of blood every day to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. Blood donations are used to treat cancer patients, trauma victims, premature babies, those living with chronic blood diseases and others every day — patients like Noah Petersen.
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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.