LITTLE ROCK, AR (News release) - With the arrival of spring comes sunnier days, warmer temperatures and a chance at a fresh start. The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to make blood donation part of their spring ritual and help support patients like 5-year-old Nathan Pennington.
In April of last year, Nathan was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer called medulloblastoma. Nathan has received several blood product transfusions to help sustain his life following surgery to remove the tumor and currently receives periodic platelet transfusions as he continues his recovery.
“Nathan wouldn’t be here without lifesaving blood donors – it’s as simple as that,” said Corey Pennington, Nathan’s father. “Our family will always be grateful to all the blood donors who make sure patients like Nathan have the blood they need.”
Make a difference this spring by rolling up a sleeve for patients in need. Visit redcrossblood.org
or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to learn more and schedule an appointment.
See the attached list of upcoming blood drives.
All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.
Blood donation requirements:
- 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 (16 with parental consent in some states), 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.