Donate blood in memory of Tiona Young

October 17, 2011

Hermitage Springs School Hosts Red Cross Blood Drive

Blood Drive Held in Memory of School Nurse, Tiona Young



(Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 17, 2011)


Fall break is a difficult time of year for the staff and students at Hermitage Springs School.  On Oct. 14, 2010, school nurse, Tiona Young, died unexpectedly.  She was 32 years old.


“I knew Tiona from her birth.  I was her Kindergarten teacher and watched her grow up to become a nurse where I went to the doctor.  Then they decided to hire a nurse for our school and she could not wait to be down here.  Never once in all of the time I have dealt with her did I ever hear her say a bad word about anyone,” says Cherry Ann Denton, Principal.


Tiona was a graduate of Hermitage Springs School and two of her children attend the school.  Four years ago, she coordinated a spring blood drive with the Red Cross following the deaths of two students.  The blood drive was a success and is still held every spring.


“Dealing with the blood drive was so important to her, and helping so many people with the blood that is donated gave her drive to try to make it bigger and better every year.  Tiona was a very loving, caring and giving person and would be so humbled to know that we now donate blood in her honor so that others might live or be well because of her.  There really are no words to describe her to all of us.  She is just the greatest in the world,” says Denton.


You are invited to give blood in memory of Tiona Young on Monday, Oct. 24, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Hermitage Springs School (Reading Instruction Room) located at 6000 Clay County Highway in Red Boiling Springs.  You must schedule an appointment to give blood at this drive.  Please call Felicia Hale at (615) 699-2414.


Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood.  Blood transfusions are used for trauma victims – due to accidents and burns – heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, newborns and premature babies, complications during childbirth, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or other diseases, such as sickle cell disease.


How to Donate Blood:

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit for more information or to make an 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 18 and younger. 


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