Mayor Lovely Warren encourages blood donation in memory of her grandfather

September 23, 2014

Special blood drive held in memory of Cecil McClary


ROCHESTER, N.Y. (September 22, 2014)—Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren is calling on the residents of Rochester to strengthen our community by giving blood and helping save lives. Mayor Warren is holding a special blood drive in memory of her grandfather, Cecil McClary, on Saturday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Westside Church of Christ at 469 Lyell Avenue in Rochester. WDKX will broadcast live during the blood drive.


Mayor Warren says she would not be standing where she is today without her grandfather. He continues to serve as her inspiration and give her strength. Cecil McClary was critically wounded by gunfire while working at Wegmans on West Avenue in 1984 and received a blood transfusion, which helped save his life.


Cecil suffered a stroke last year and passed away in January, around the time when Mayor Warren took office. “You can literally help save a life by taking a few moments to donate blood.  It’s so easy to do, yet for the person who needs blood, it could literally mean the difference between life and death,” said Mayor Warren. “We have no idea who donated the blood that my grandfather received back when he was shot. But that person is a hero. Without even knowing it, they saved his life.” 


September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. Sickle Cell Disease is an inherited disease affecting as many as 100,000 people in the United States. Many of these patients will require blood transfusions as part of their treatment and recovery. To best meet the needs of all patients, it is vitally important that the community blood supply reflect diversity of the U.S. population. Less than 10 percent of the total eligible U.S. population gives blood and only approximately one percent of the African American community donates blood. Some African Americans have rare blood types that are unique to the African American community. It is imperative that blood donors are as diverse as the patients who need their help.


All eligible donors are encouraged to roll up a sleeve and help maintain an adequate blood supply for patients in need. Approximately every two seconds, a patient in the United States needs blood. A blood donation can help save up to three lives and it only takes about an hour of time. All presenting donors at this blood drive will receive a coupon by email for a free haircut at participating Sport Clips Haircuts locations. Walk-ins are welcome, but all eligible donors are asked to make an appointment by downloading the new American Red Cross Blood Donor App, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit


How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, 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 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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.


Media contact: Cara Leyna Noble (585) 435-5264 @RedCrossBloodNY