Thirteen-year-old Hailey Dorste is a happy, healthy eighth grader who understands the importance of blood donation all too well. This is why her family, the Falls City community and the American Red Cross are teaming up to hold two upcoming blood drives in her name.
Hailey was born with a congenital heart defect. Just weeks after she was born, Hailey underwent open heart surgery and needed blood transfusions. She’s been through two more surgeries since, most recently this past January at the age of 12.
The need for blood is constant. Blood donors with all types, particularly O negative, A negative and B negative, are needed to help ensure a steady blood supply for patients like Hailey as well as for those fighting cancer, transplant recipients, burn victims and many more.
Hailey’s family is forever grateful to the volunteer donors who gave of their time and health to help their daughter when she needed blood. Now they hope to pass the gift of life onto other patients in need.
Donate blood in honor of Hailey Dorste; Wednesday, Sept 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Falls City Medical Center, 3307 Barada St. Thursday, Sept. 17 from noon to 6 p.m., Prichard Auditorium, 312 W. 17th St. Friday, Sept. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Prichard Auditorium, 312 W. 17th St.
To make an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED CROSS, use the free Red Cross Blood Donor App or visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code 009259. All presenting blood donors during this event will receive a T-shirt, while supplies last.
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 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.
About the American Red Cross; The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.