Give Blood in Memory of J.W. Durham

August 1, 2011




[Nashville, Tenn., Aug. 1, 2011]—The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive in memory of local area resident J.W. Durham on Thursday, Aug. 11.  The drive is at the City Administration Building located at 218 W. Gaines St. in Lawrenceburg from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


J.W. Durham, of Lawrenceburg, was a respected banker and dedicated blood donor.  Durham suffered an aneurysm this summer and required more than 50 units of blood during his hospitalization.  Although Durham did not survive, donated blood gave him more time with his family.


Blood donors are needed year round for treating cancer patients, organ transplant recipients and trauma victims.  A stable supply is necessary to ensure blood is available when patients need it most.  You can help by donating blood in memory of J.W. Durham.


As an extra incentive this summer, anyone who presents to donate blood with the Red Cross between July 1 and Sept. 5 is automatically entered into a drawing for a $250 gas card.  On Labor Day weekend, anyone presenting to donate Friday through Monday is automatically entered into a drawing for a $1,000 gas 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.


To schedule an appointment for this blood drive or any other American Red Cross blood drive, call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767) or visit


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 57 hospitals and must have 600 people donate blood or platelets each weekday to meet the needs of hospital patients.