American Red Cross to hold blood drive on September 7 in honor of local youth Preston Weakland
(Altoona, Pa.) The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive in honor of local youth Preston Weakland on (Saturday) September 7. The blood drive will be held from 9 am to 3 pm at the 28th Street Church of the Brethren, 2800 Union Avenue, Altoona.
Preston, enrolled in the fourth grade, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), a type of cancer affecting white blood cells, in February 2011. His mother, Tricia Reed, explained that he is scheduled to complete his series of treatments in April 2014 for a total of three years, three months of treatments.
“Preston is doing great,” she commented. “His blood counts are good and he has experienced minimal issues. He is currently receiving treatments once a month, spinal taps every third month.”
According to Reed, her son enjoys reading, video games, fishing and anything to do with the outdoors. “He loves to draw, a passion we share, and he has an amazing talent for it,” she added.
Friends and family would like to encourage area residents to donate blood and help raise awareness of the need for blood and blood products for patients such as Weakland. “The life you impact could be that of a neighbor, friend or loved one,” Reed said.
Blood donated during the September 7 blood drive will be used to support patients across the 100-county service area of the American Red Cross, Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region.
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 redcrossblood.org.
Most healthy individuals who are at least 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in Pennsylvania) 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 Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region serves more than 80 hospitals and must have approximately 700 people donate blood or platelets each weekday to meet the needs of hospital patients.
Individuals may also follow the Red Cross on Twitter: www.twitter.com/redcrossGAR.
The Greater Alleghenies Region directly serves hospitals, patients and donors in a 100-county area in Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, with more than five-dozen blood products and related services, and also supports blood needs experienced by patients elsewhere in hospitals served through Red Cross Blood Services.
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Marianne Spampinato, APR | Communications Manager
American Red Cross
Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region
250 Jari Drive, Johnstown, PA 15904-6949
Web | redcrossblood.org
Twitter | www.twitter.com/RedCrossGAR