Be a Hero for Patients: Donate Blood During Red Cross Month

NORTH PLATTE— The American Red Cross urges the public to join its lifesaving mission by giving blood this March in celebration of Red Cross Month. Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are urgently needed to help ensure blood is available for patients this spring.

Every day, thousands of patients depend on blood donations to help save their lives – patients like Heath Cornford who spent his first 217 days of life in the hospital. Born in February 2018 with an abnormal narrowing of the heart, Heath has undergone many complex surgeries – including a heart transplant – and required a number of blood transfusions.

“I can’t tell you how thankful we are for the lifesaving donations that saved our son,” said his mom, Mylinda Cornford. “Blood is something you can donate for free. You can make an impact, save a life and give back to your community.”

Heath recently celebrated his second birthday and is a thriving, energetic toddler.

Make an appointment now by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities March 1-15:

Valentine
3/5/2020: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 400 West 5th Street

Broken Bow
3/11/2020: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Jennie M Melham Memorial Medical Center, 145 Memorial Drive, PO Box 250

Mullen
3/2/2020: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Mullen High School, 404 N. Blaine Ave.

Loup City
3/11/2020: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Loup City Community Center, 803 O St

Ord
3/5/2020: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Valley County Health System Foundation, 207 S. 26th St.
3/10/2020: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Ord High School, 18th and K

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.

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