Solemn anniversary is a time to remember
|As a first responder, Sgt. Erin Dumont, Omaha Police Department, recognizes the importance of a readily available blood supply.
While heralded as one of the worst days in American history, the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 united the country and brought out the best of the American spirit. Nationwide, people came together to support the victims and survivors with donations of time, blood and money. Together, we responded, recovered and rebuilt.
As the tenth anniversary of this tragedy approaches, it is a time to remember the victims, honor the brave first-responders and rekindle the spirit of service to others. While we look back and remember, we also look ahead with a renewed commitment to prepare our families and communities for disasters of any kind. Be Red Cross Ready and take steps to prepare today.
Thank you for ensuring your community is prepared through your involvement with the American Red Cross.
I’m prepared for disasters of any kind. Are you #RedCross Ready?
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Recent release helps save lives
|Mary Hoppe, blood donor
By Mary Hoppe
Recently, I drove past the building that used to be my neighborhood video rental store. Fifteen years ago, an American Red Cross donation bus used to be parked outside regularly. I remembered how I would stop by, donate blood and pick up the “recent release” to watch. I hadn’t given blood in years, and noticed that the storefront now reads, “American Red Cross Donor Center.” Driving by, a little voice in the back of my brain told me I should take an hour out of my day to donate.
I Googled “Red Cross tips for a successful donation” to find out how to prepare. The first thing that caught my eye was to eat a diet of iron-rich foods. I guess I would have to pass on the McDonald’s value meals and late-night drive-thru at DQ and concentrate on a healthier diet including spinach, red meat, fish, beans and raisins. Secondly, get a good night’s sleep if my five- and two-year-old kids allow it. Next item: avoid caffeine and get plenty of fluids. I knew that my habitual cup of coffee and Diet Mountain Dew should be replaced by water to hydrate my system.
I finally made the decision to walk through the doors and give blood. The atmosphere was very calm, and I told myself “You can do this!”
Unlike when the building was home to the video store, I actually came out ahead. I didn’t pay any late fees and my transaction didn’t come with a receipt. Instead, I was given a sticker that read, “Be nice to me. I gave blood today.” It felt good knowing I actually made a difference. Now my “recent release” will help save someone’s life.
My "recent release" can help save patients' lives. How about yours? Make an appointment today!
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Student leaders help save lives, earn scholarship money.
|High school students received a Star Award from Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern for their accomplishments.
As summer comes to a close, it’s time to resort to that back-to-school checklist. The American Red Cross reminds youth about the importance of blood donation through the Young Minds Change Lives Educational Scholarship Program.
High schools participating in the program can earn scholarship money for post-secondary education. The Red Cross awards scholarships based on the number of blood donations at high school blood drives throughout the school year, and school representatives then determine how to award the scholarship(s).
By hosting a blood drive and donating at your high school, you can help save lives while helping to establish a college scholarship fund to benefit students. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767, option 2) to speak with a Red Cross representative about the Young Minds Change Lives Scholarship Program.
After cancer and countless transfusions, family feels blessed
|Carlee Regan (right) with older sister Cambria, visit a local radio talk show to discuss her recovery from cancer.
Carlee Regan, age 5, is busy enjoying play dates with friends and dance recitals. She participates in the local Relay for Life event and cheers on her dad and brother as they leave for Memphis to start off a four-state fundraising relay foot race to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
When Carlee was just six months old, she was diagnosed with clival chordoma, a rare skull-based tumor usually found in adults. Three years ago, she was a tiny toddler with big blue eyes and no hair. Carlee’s mom, Julie, says she isn’t sure how many transfusions her little girl received during two and a half years of chemotherapy. “She spent many nights on the pediatric floor getting a lot of rounds of chemo and many transfusions. Now we are truly blessed,” says Julie.
Thanks to her doctors and the generosity of volunteer blood donors, today Carlee has a head full of thick, curly hair that frames her face, bounces in the breeze and even helps position her preschool graduation cap.
See the impact and view other recipient stories here.
Volunteer blood and platelet donors change so many lives. Share your story with the #RedCross
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Summer-long promotion wraps up
To show appreciation for those who help save lives around the upcoming Labor Day holiday (August 29 to September 7), all presenting donors at American Red Cross blood drives and donation centers in the Mid-America Blood Services Division will be automatically entered for a chance to win a $500 gas card. This giveaway is part of the summer-long Good to Give. Good to Go. promotion, which offers all presenting donors (21 and older) a chance to win a trip for four (4) to Orlando, Florida.
The race is on…give blood or platelets and win!
Summer may be winding to a close, but the Red Cross Racing season has plenty of laps to go. Log your blood and platelet donations at Red Cross Racing to get points and exchange them for great prizes!
Remember to register for the “Summer Drive Sweepstakes,” which runs through September 14 and offers Red Cross Racing fans (ages 18 and older) the chance to win a 2012 Ford Fiesta SE.
Get your motor running and head out to a blood drive or blood donation center near you! Visit the Red Cross Racing website or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) for more information.
Thank you for spreading the word!
Thanks to all of the American Red Cross donors who forwarded the July eNewsletter to at least five friends to help spread the word about the Red Cross and the constant need for blood and platelets!
Kathleen Stephan from Pequot Lakes, Minn., is the July eNewsletter raffle winner of a Red Cross water bottle!
You could be a winner this month. Forward this eNewsletter to at least five people using the “Send to a Friend” feature above and be automatically entered to win a Red Cross Basic Emergency Preparedness Kit!
We wish we could list all the great feedback we get from donors, but there's only so much room. Here's one testimonial from Leslie, who tells about her experience as a patient in need.
“When I was 17, I donated blood for the first time. Although I am terrified of blood and needles, I was able to get myself to do it because it was the right thing to do. Two days after I donated, my grandpa went into the hospital and needed blood. Then, I was in a horrible car accident and I needed five pints of blood. I am truly thankful for the people that donated to help save my life, and now that I am able to donate again, I will be giving every 56 days.”