The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive in honor of local area resident Marilyn Daugherty on Friday. The blood drive will be held at the Robert C. Byrd Center on North Fork Road in Pine Grove from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. All area residents are urged to donate blood, particularly at this time as available blood levels are dangerously low.
In 1996, Daugherty was diagnosed with an immune condition, one that she may have had all her life. Prior to her diagnosis, she had health problems since a very young age. She now gets monthly infusions of a specialized blood product which strengthens her immune system by ensuring she has normal levels of antibodies in her blood. The specialized product Daugherty requires is derived from the donations of whole blood.
She and her family encourage individuals to donate blood to help the many types of patients who rely on transfusions of blood and blood products.
The Red Cross continues on an emergency appeal for blood donors of all types. There has been a decline of blood donors both nationally and locally since the beginning of June, and an emergency blood donor appeal was issued to call on all eligible blood donors to roll up a sleeve and give as soon as possible. The recent heat wave, storms, and power outages throughout the state made the situation worse as many were unable to get out and donate blood.
To schedule an appointment for this blood drive, call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org. Walk-in donors are welcome, but appointments are encouraged.
Most healthy individuals who are at least 17 years of age (or 16 with a signed parental consent form) 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 Region serves over 80 hospitals and must have at least 900 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.
Other local blood drives will be held as follows: Aug. 6, Paden City Christian Church, noon-6 p.m.; Aug. 13, Wetzel County Hospital, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Aug. 18, New Martinsville Church of God, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Aug. 30, St Vincent De Paul Catholic Church, New Martinsville, noon-6 p.m.