Donate Blood in Honor of Lone Oak High School Student

May 3, 2011




(Nashville, Tenn., May 3, 2011)


On February 10, Lone Oak High School sophomore Eric Scelzi woke up with a sore throat.  He developed flu symptoms later in the day.  By the next day, Eric was airlifted to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt for treatment for MRSA pneumonia and the flu.


Eric was put on life support and given a blood thinner.  Although life support gave his lungs time to heal, he suffered severe bleeding and required more than 50 units of blood to survive.


“We are so thankful that plenty of safe blood was available for Eric.  Lone Oak High School has been extremely supportive during Eric's illness and we are honored that they chose to host this blood drive in his honor,” says Jane Scelzi, Eric’s mother.


You can give blood in honor of Eric Scelzi on Monday, May 16, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Lone Oak High School located at 225 John E. Robinson Ave. in Paducah. 


To schedule an appointment for this blood drive, call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767) or visit and enter sponsor code:  loneoakhs.


Eric is resting at home and is expected to make a full recovery.  As a member of the Lone Oak High School soccer team, he is anxious to get back on the field.


Most healthy individuals who are at least 17 years of age (16 with parental consent) and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds are eligible to donate blood.  Individuals 18 years of age or younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.


The Tennessee Valley Region serves 59 hospitals and must have 600 people donate blood or platelets each weekday to meet the needs of hospital patients.