Janesville resident encourages community to be Everyday Heroes by giving blood

March 7, 2013

JANESVILLE, Minn. — March is Red Cross Month, a time when the American Red Cross recognizes the Everyday Heroes who help save lives through blood and platelet donations. It’s also an opportunity to encourage others in local communities across the country to become regular donors with the Red Cross.

Linda Prechel, a long-time Janesville resident, is encouraging others to donate at the upcoming Janesville Community Blood Drive on March 28 at St. Ann’s Parish Center because she knows from personal experience that blood donors are Everyday Heroes.

In 2012, Prechel was scheduled for a routine surgery. Following the surgery, the doctors noticed a hematoma on her leg and kept her in the hospital an extra day as a precaution.  While resting in the hospital, she suffered an unrelated aneurysm in her pancreatic artery. Unable to control the bleeding, she was airlifted to Rochester where she received more than 28 pints of blood to save her life.

“I’ve always thought that donating blood was important, but I never fully appreciated how much until I was the one that needed it,” said Prechel. “It’s something that is so easy to do and can make such a big impact. I encourage all eligible donors to take an hour of their day and give the gift of life because I am living proof that it can help save lives.”

Janesville Community Blood Drive
St. Ann’s Parish Center
March 28 from 1 to 6 p.m.
307 W. 2nd Street in Janesville, Minn.

The need for blood is constant. From cancer patients and accident victims to premature babies and those with blood disorders, someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds.

“Red Cross Month is an ideal time for people to show support for our mission,” said Geoff Kaufmann, CEO of the North Central Blood Services Region. “Anyone can become an Everyday Hero by giving blood or platelets, becoming a volunteer, making a financial donation or taking a class.”

The need for blood is constant. All blood types are needed to meet patient needs, especially O negative, B negative and A negative.

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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.