The community is invited to give blood in honor of Nora Scott at a special American Red Cross blood drive Aug. 24 and 25. Join this lifesaving mission Aug. 24, noon to 5 p.m. at Story County Human Services Center, 126 S. Kellogg Ave., Ames, or Aug. 25, noon to 5 p.m. at Story County Administration Building, Public Meeting Room, 900 6th St., Nevada.
Born in April 2015, Nora was diagnosed shortly after her second birthday with stage two high-risk pre-b cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia with central nervous system involvement. This condition is an acute form of leukemia or cancer of the white blood cells.
Nora is an energetic toddler, delightful, adorable and full of life. Throughout her treatment, Nora has received nearly 12 blood and platelet transfusions and may need more as treatment continues.
The Scott family hopes the community will give blood in her honor. “Our family is very appreciative to have a blood drive in honor of our daughter,” said Jeff Scott, Nora’s father. “We never thought too much about the importance of donating blood. Now with all of Nora’s treatments, we see the significance and how essential it is for her treatments. We hope that her story and fight for life will continue to raise awareness for the need for blood donations.”
“Hosting this blood drive in her name is a wonderful way to honor Nora and help hospital patients in need,” said Judi Faas, donor recruitment account manager for the Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region.
This blood drive comes when the Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for donors of all types to give now so patients can continue to receive the lifesaving treatments they need. Blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in, and more donations are needed now to replenish the blood supply.
Every two seconds in the United States blood and platelets are needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. The Red Cross must collect nearly 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,600 hospitals nationwide.
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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.
Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.