Red Cross Blood Drive on Nov. 30 to honor two special girls
Jozlynn Cathey and Reese Horn share a few things in common. Both five-year olds attend Seal Elementary School and, unfortunately, both also share a leukemia diagnosis. For both these young girls, blood donations played an important part in their cancer treatment.
Jozlynn’s father Jason says she’s a “sweet little girl who is a strong fighter.” Jozlynn received chemotherapy and many blood and platelet transfusions. She recently completed the maintenance phase of her treatment and as her dad says, “Jozlynn fought cancer and she beat it!”
Reese is a “sweet and sassy pre-kindergartener,” as described by her mother, April. Reese received her leukemia diagnosis a day before her fourth birthday in September 2017. Her treatment included chemotherapy, a bone marrow transplant and numerous blood and platelet transfusions.
The Douglass community is invited to join the families of these brave, young princess warriors and give blood in their honor at an American Red Cross blood drive Nov. 30, from 3-7p.m. at Seal Elementary, 320 S. Chestnut
This blood drive comes as the Red Cross faces a severe blood shortage. During September and October, the Red Cross collected over 21,000 fewer blood and platelet donations than what hospitals needed – largely due to less groups signing up to host blood drives and worsened by widespread blood drive cancellations caused by hurricanes Florence and Michael.
Blood donors of all blood types, especially type O, are urgently needed to give now to avoid delays in lifesaving medical care for patients. Volunteer blood drive hosts are also critically needed to stop the shortage from continuing throughout winter.
To make an appointment to donate blood in honor of Jozlynn and Reese, simply download the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and use the sponsor code Seal.
How to donate blood
All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit RedCross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.