American Red Cross Volunteer Knows the Need for Blood Products

January 10, 2011


American Red Cross Blood DriveVolunteer

                                                                                Knows the Need for Blood Products

                                                                           Granddaughter and Husband Survive Cance


(St. Louis, MO, January 10, 2011)

Barbara Lorenzini of Centralia has been a long time volunteer of American Red Cross blood drives.  She’s always understood the need for blood products, but she is now passionate about getting the word out.  Barbara greatly appreciates blood donors for giving a part of themselves after her granddaughter and husband survive cancer by the assistance of great doctors, treatment programs, and blood products. 


Barbara’s granddaughter, Bethany Lorenzini of Woodlawn, was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a form of bone cancer, just four days before her eighth birthday after enduring pain in her arm.  Bethany had a bone marrow test and biopsy on her 8th birthday.  In October, she had her first major surgery, and received three units of blood.  Between June 2007 and May 2008, Bethany underwent chemo treatments, spent a week in the hospital received numerous blood products.  “Blood transfusions were vital to her.  “They helped keep her alive”, says her grandmother, Barbara.  “We are very thankful that the blood was available for her when she needed it.  All in all, Bethany received 22 units of blood products including numerous platelets transfusions.  Bethany is now cancer-free and has a great future.”


While thankful for Bethany’s recovery, cancer hit Barbara’s family once again.  This time, her husband, Lewis, was diagnosed with a Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST), a rare form of cancer affecting the digestive tract.  Lew had a 15 pound tumor removed, and needed eight units of blood.  He now takes a chemo pill everyday.  Thankfully, his treatments are going well. 


Barbara now encourages those who are healthy to consider blood donation.  “The blood supply is very important to our family.  When we needed it, it was there”, says Barbara.


Please consider donating blood at the Centralia Community Blood Drives.  All those who attempt to donate will have an opportunity to write a note of encouragement to both Lew and Bethany.  Organizers aim to collect 185 pints of blood at the below drives.


Wednesday, January 12                       Sunday, January 23

CalumetChristian Church                     First Christian Church

11:00am- 6:00pm                               8:30am-1:30pm


For your convenience, you may now schedule blood donation appointments for a local blood drive or a blood donation center listed below online at  You may also call 1-800-RED CROSS. 


Donors may subscribe to Red Cross texting by sending redcross to 42227 or registering online at


How to Donate Blood:

Call 1-800-RED CROSS or log on to for more information or to schedule a blood donation appointment. 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 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19. Visit to learn more.


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