News from the New York Blood Center on an upcoming drive in Putnam Valley:
Members of the Putnam Valley High School National Honor Society plan to carry on the ‘giving spirit’ of their much loved Social Studies teacher, Ed Schmitt, who passed away in February 2012 after a long battle with leukemia. The students will host their third blood drive, titled Give Red for Ed in conjunction with New York Blood Center on Friday, May 24, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM at Putnam Valley High School, 142 Peekskill Hollow Road in Putnam Valley.
For years, Ed Schmitt organized the blood drives at his school and encouraged both students and faculty to donate. Throughout his 11-year battle, Ed received many transfusions. While out on extended medical leave, students rallied to host a blood drive to show support, beginning the Give Red for Ed blood drive tradition. That first drive brought in 133 lifesaving units of blood, a record for the school. Last year’s drive brought in 106 units, and they are looking to continue their success and raise awareness of the need for blood. Many people do not realize that cancer patients are the number one users of blood products.
Each and every day there are patients who depend on the transfusion of red blood cells, platelets and plasma to stay alive. Unfortunately, blood and blood products can’t be manufactured. They can only come from volunteer blood donors who take an hour to attend a blood drive or visit a donor center.
If you cannot donate but still wish to participate in bringing crucial blood products to patients in need, please ask someone to donate for you, or consider volunteering at a local blood drive.
Any company, community organization, place of worship, or individual may host a blood drive. NYBC also offers special community service scholarships for students who organize community blood drives during summer and winter months. Blood donors receive free mini-medical exams on site including information about their temperature, blood pressure and hematocrit level. Eligible donors include those people at least age 16 (with parental permission or consent), who weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, are in good health and meet all Food & Drug Administration and NY or NJ State Department of Health donor criteria. People over 75 may donate with a doctor’s note.
About New York Blood Center: New York Blood Center (NYBC) is one of the nation’s largest non-profit, community-based blood centers. NYBC has been providing blood, transfusion products and services to hospitals serving more than 20 million people in New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, New Jersey, and parts of Connecticut and Pennsylvania. NYBC is also home to the Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute and the National Cord Blood Program at the Howard P. Milstein National Cord Blood Center, the world’s largest public cord blood bank. NYBC provides medical services and programs (Clinical, Transfusion, and Hemophilia Services) through our medical professionals along with consultative services in transfusion medicine. Please visit us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/newyorkbloodcenter <http://www.facebook.com/newyorkbloodcenter> . Follow us on Twitter: @NY_BloodCenter.