NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (March 1, 2018) In March, while basketball teams are fighting for the chance to be crowned champions, patients battling cancer and other illnesses are fighting for their lives. The American Red Cross is asking blood donors to help patients rebound by making a lifesaving donation this spring.
Middle school basketball player Olivia Stoy received blood and platelet transfusions during treatment for T lymphoblastic lymphoma. With the help of blood and platelet donations, the 14- year-old has returned to the basketball court and, more importantly, beat cancer.
We are so thankful that the blood products were available to Olivia for the almost two years of her treatment. They have made it possible for Olivia to regain her strength and get back to doing the activities she loves, said Megan Stoy, Olivias mother.
Donors of all blood types are needed to help ensure that the Red Cross can collect more than 13,000 blood and platelet donations needed every day for patients like Olivia.
Giving blood takes less time than it takes to watch a single basketball game. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation opportunities March 16-31
- Valentine 3/21/2018: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Valentine High School, 431 N. Green
- Arnold 3/19/2018: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Community Center, 204 S Carroll St
- Broken Bow 3/28/2018: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Municipal Building, 314 S. 10th
- Sargent 3/23/2018: 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Community Center, 305 Main St.
- Burwell 3/20/2018: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Sacred Heart, 727 I St.
- Greeley 3/22/2018: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Central Valley Auditorium, 310 N. Clair Street, P O BOX 100
- Spalding 3/29/2018: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Spalding City Auditorium, St. Joseph Ave.
- Mullen 3/19/2018: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Methodist Church, 304 N Veteran Ave
- Saint Paul 3/23/2018: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., St. Paul High School, 1305 Howard Avenue
- Arcadia 3/27/2018: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Arcadia Public School, 320 W. Owens St.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or drivers 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.