Special blood drive held in honor of cancer survivor Dana Cook

October 3, 2014

FARIBAULT, Minn.  — The American Red Cross blood drive on Nov. 3  in Faribault is an opportunity for the community to show its support for cancer survivor Dana Cook and help save the lives of others in need of blood transfusions.

In Nov. 2010, Jake and Dana Cook were expecting their third child in Feb. 2011 and excited about their growing family. Dana hadn’t been feeling well during her pregnancy and visited the doctor multiple times without any answers. She was being treated for an infection, but her intuition told her that something else was desperately wrong. She remained persistent and the doctor finally scheduled a breast tissue biopsy. At 28 weeks pregnant she was diagnosed with stage 4 Burkitt’s lymphoma.

“Dana was immediately admitted to the University of Minnesota Medical Center to start receiving chemotherapy treatments – which caused her to go into premature labor,” said Jake Cook, Dana’s husband and blood drive coordinator. “Our daughter Olivia was delivered the next day by c-section and Dana needed multiple blood products prior to being diagnosed, during the surgery and throughout her chemotherapy treatments.”

“Blood products helped save Dana’s life and we are very grateful that the blood she needed was available when she needed it most,” said Cook. “Since Jan. 2011, Dana has been in remission, partly because of the willingness of others to give the gift of life. We are thankful to those donors because we have a family of five and our children have their mother who is cancer free.”

“I encourage the entire community to roll up a sleeve at this blood drive in Dana’s honor and as a way help other cancer patients, said Cook. “Donating blood is a great way to help give patients more time with loved ones.”

Donate Blood in Honor of Dana Cook
Monday, Nov. 3
12 – 5 p.m.
Bernie’s Grille, 3rd floor (elevator in the back)
129 Central Ave North, Faribault

Every two seconds, a patient in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion. Blood collected at the blood drive in honor of Dana may help many types of patients, including accident and trauma victims, cancer patients, organ transplant recipients, premature babies and patients with other blood diseases, such as sickle cell disease and many more.

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 @RedCrossBloodNC.