Donate Blood in Honor of Cheri Butcher, Houston Co. Resident Battling Cancer

June 8, 2011

Red Cross Holds Erin Community Blood Drive



(Nashville, Tenn., June 8, 2011)


Cheri Butcher is a 49-year-old Air Force veteran, wife and mother of two grown children.  She believes in blood and organ donation.  But this year, instead of giving blood she may receive it.


Butcher is battling advanced stage 3 breast cancer.  She is currently undergoing chemotherapy and is preparing for a radical double mastectomy this fall.


Cancer and leukemia patients can require up to 100 units of red blood cells and up to 50 units of blood platelets throughout their treatment course.


The Erin community is sponsoring an American Red Cross blood drive in Cheri’s honor.


“Thank you to the community for your support for me and the Red Cross.  I have an outstanding support system.  I wish I could be there,” says Butcher.


You can give blood in honor of Cheri Butcher on Wednesday, June 22, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Erin City Hall located at 15 Hill St. in Erin.  To schedule an appointment for this blood drive, call Vera Phillips at (931) 289-4888.  Walk-ins are also welcome.


All presenting blood donors are automatically entered into a sweepstakes drawing for the following Music City getaway:

An expense paid trip for two to Nashville, Tenn. for a two night stay at Gaylord’s Opryland Hotel, two VIP passes to the Grand Ole Opry, a backstage tour at the Opry House (based on availability at time of travel) and one $300 Visa Gift Card.

Plus, anyone who presents to donate blood Wednesday, May 25 through Wednesday, Sept. 14 is automatically entered into the Red Cross Racing “Summer Drive Sweepstakes” to win a brand new 2012 red candy metallic Ford Fiesta SE, courtesy of Ford Motor Company.  One winner is selected by random drawing on Monday, Sept. 19.  For more information, or to schedule your summer blood donation appointment, please visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS.


Butcher has some advice for anyone thinking of donating blood for the first time.


“Number one, don’t be afraid to do it.  Number two, it’s always going to end up with someone who needs it.  Fifteen minutes out of your life could save somebody else’s life, period.  So, it’s worth it,” she says. 


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