Remember Mike Finley through Blood Donation

June 16, 2011



[Nashville, Tenn., June 16, 2011]—The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive in memory of local area resident Mike Finley on Wednesday, July 6.  The drive is at Gordonsville Elementary School located at 104 Main St. in Gordonsville, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Two years ago, Mike Finley underwent emergency surgery for an aortic dissection.  An aortic dissection happens when a tear develops in the inner layer of the aorta, the large blood vessel branching off the heart. Blood surges through this tear into the middle layer of the aorta, causing the inner and middle layers to separate (dissect).[1]


Finley knew future surgeries would be necessary and this year he underwent an elective surgery to remove an aortic aneurysm.  An aneurysm is a bulge in a blood vessel, much like a bulge on an over-inflated inner tube.  Aneurysms are dangerous because they may burst, spilling blood outside of the aorta and leaving a person at risk for hemorrhaging within the abdominal cavity.[2]  During surgery, Mike received several units of blood, plasma and platelets.  Sadly, he passed away on April 5.


“I knew when the doctors told us that night that they had done surgery, I knew we had to have a blood drive to try and give back.  He used a lot of blood and I wanted to give back.  I was very thankful it was there for him,” says Mike’s widow, Carol Finley.


Open heart surgery patients can require up to 6 units of red blood cells, 4 units of platelets and 4 units of plasma.


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  Walk-in donors are also welcome.


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.