Fort Worth woman knows firsthand the importance of blood donation

April 25, 2014

Statistics say 25 percent of the U.S. population will need blood at some point in their lives. Trinity Meadows Intermediate school nurse Alicia Dunn knows firsthand the importance of donations because both her husband and close friend have received blood while fighting cancer. Dunn is choosing to pay it forward by organizing the upcoming Trinity Meadows blood drive scheduled for April 28.

The drive is being held in memory of Dunn’s husband, John Sills and in honor of friend, Ricky Dean. Sills battled non-Hodgkin’s and Hodgkin’s lymphoma for 16 months before passing away in March 2009. He received approximately 61 pints of blood and blood products during his battle with the disease.

“My daughter and I are so thankful for the time we had with John,” Dunn said. “We can never repay the generous blood donors who helped give us that time, but we can pay it forward.”

Dean is currently undergoing treatment for Acute Myeloid Leukemia and has, to date, received three pints of blood and blood products. As plans are finalized for a stem cell transplant, Dean is expected to need more blood.

Blood drive in memory of John Sills and in honor of Ricky Dean

April 28, noon – 6 p.m., Trinity Meadows Intermediate School, 3500 Keller Hicks Road., Fort Worth, Texas.

“I’ve had many people close to me need blood and I’m grateful it’s been available,” Dunn continues. “Organizing the drive at Trinity Meadows is my way of raising awareness of the importance of blood donation, and giving back in some small way to those that helped my husband and Ricky.”

Blood collected at the Trinity Meadows Intermediate School blood drive can help many patients in need, including accident victims, cancer patients and those undergoing surgery.

How to donate blood

Simply 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 Texas,) 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.