The Gift of Life 'I don't know his name, but if he's alive, it's because of my stem cells'
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Transcript of Bill O’Reilly Interview With Chuck Connor, Senior Vice President of the American Red Cross
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The Red Cross and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agree that the
nation's blood supply is safer today than it has ever been in our
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Holiday Heroes are needed! click for more...
The American Red Cross Responds! The
Red Cross Has Assisted 55,000 Families; Distributed $643 Million to
Help Those Directly Affected; and Continues to Aid Those in Need more..
Blood Safety and Availability
(leukoreduction, mad cow disease, etc.) more...
Holiday Heroes Help When They’re Needed The Most
Louisville Donorama is the region’s biggest Holiday Hero Blood Drive.
who give blood consistently know how good it feels to help others. Most
donors will say, however, that it means just a little bit more to give
when you know there’s a particular need. That’s why more people come out
and donate whenever blood supplies reach a critical state. History
tells us that the blood supply runs perilously low around the holidays.
So why wait until it’s critical before donating?
For this reason, the American Red Cross established Holiday Hero blood
drives. These are blood drives held near major holidays to offset the
drop in donations our region experiences on those holidays. Many people
are so busy making plans and enjoying the holidays that they don’t make
time to give blood. But patients who need blood transfusions cannot take
a holiday. Cancer, accidents, and surgeries won’t wait. That’s why we
ask sponsors to host blood drives, and why we ask donors to donate blood
near the major holidays of Christmas, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, St.
Patrick’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and
As you might expect, the period of December and early January is home to many
Holiday Hero blood drives, including the biggest blood drive of the year, the
26th Annual Donorama in Louisville on December 28th & 29th at Executive West
Hotel. For a complete list of all the Holiday Hero blood drives in the River
Valley Region, click here.
“ARC 1” Makes Its Debut with New Slogan and Graphics
New blood collection vehicle costs less, offers more flexibility than buses.
On Wednesday, October 20th, American Red Cross Blood Services unveiled a
new vehicle for collecting blood in the River Valley Region. The
truck-and-trailer combo, which employees have nicknamed “ARC 1” for
American Red Cross One, is the first of three planned for the region.
Faced with an aging bus fleet, Red Cross senior management decided to
explore new vehicle options for cost efficiency and operations
flexibility. The truck-and-trailer combos cost about half of what a new
bus would cost, and allows for increased flexibility when it comes to
holding blood drives. To read the complete story, click here.
Earn Your Angel Wings This Season and Ride the Polar Express
Polar Express children’s books have all been given out.
American Red Cross Apheresis (Platelet) Centers are conducting a special Angels
for Life holiday promotion through January 15, 2005. Visitors to any American
Red Cross platelet donation center in the River Valley Region can qualify
for special incentives for multiple donations. Here’s how the promotion
· On your first visit, earn an Angels for Life ink pen and a red heart
on the Angels for Life banner at the Red Cross.
On your second visit, you’ll earn an Angels for Life t-shirt and an angel wing
on the banner.
· On your third visit, you’ll earn a free copy of the award-winning children’s
book “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg, now a major motion picture starring
Tom Hanks. You’ll also become an Angel 1st Class by earning a second angel wing.
Please note: A whole sky full of angels has responded to this promotion.We apologize,
but we no longer have the premium gift The Polar Express books due to the overwhelming
response. You may still enter into the drawing for the gold heart pendants on
your fourth visit.
· On your fourth visit, become an Angel with a Heart of Gold by earning
a gold sticker to place over your heart on the banner. Plus, you’ll be entered
into a random drawing for one of three 14-carat-gold heart pendants.
Be one of our Angels for Life and save others’ lives this holiday season by giving
platelets. The Polar Express movie is in theaters now. For more information,
click here. For official rules click here. Sponsored by the American Red Cross and Baxter Healthcare Corporation.
Apheresis Manager Doug Whoberry presents Dorothy
Buchanan of Louisville with the Grand Prize – a $500
gas card courtesy of Speedway.
Apheresis Gas Giveaway Winners Announced
Speedway/Marathon Steps Up To Save Lives by Encouraging Platelet Donations.
The American Red Cross and Speedway recently wrapped up a three-month
promotion offering free Speedway gasoline to people who donated
platelets three times or more at an American Red Cross Apheresis Center.
More than 500 donations qualified for free gas cards.
The Grand Prize Winner of $500 in free gas is Dorothy Buchanan of the Lyndon neighborhood in Louisville, Kentucky. Dorothy donated platelets in Louisville seven times during the promotion.
Three Second Prize winners were drawn:
$150 in free gas goes to Paul Roth, who donated in Louisville.
$150 in free gas goes to Shirley Smith, who donated in Evansville.
$150 in free gas goes to Grace Barany, who donated in Elizabethtown.
In all, $5 gas cards were awarded to 277 people who donated three times.
$10 gas cards were awarded to 147 people who donated four times. $15
dollar gas cards were awarded to 96 people who donated at least five
times. The grand and second prize winners were randomly drawn from the
people who donated five times. These listed totals do not include people
who attempted, but were disqualified from donating for some reason.
Those folks who were deferred on their third, fourth, or fifth visit
still received gas cards.
A special thank you goes out to Speedway and Marathon for
donating more than $6,000 in free gasoline. Their generosity ensured an
increase in platelet donations that helped save hundreds of lives in
July, August, and September. Their example is an inspiration to all
companies wishing to make an impact in the communities they serve.
1: Register or Log in with your email and date of Birth 2: Enter your info or edit existing info 3: Select a location where you would like to donate. You can look by zip code, or city, or by radius from a zip code! 4:Select an appointment time.
That's it! You will recieve an email confirmation of your appointment.
be a blood donor, you must be 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds,
and be in good health. You can donate blood once every 56 days. Please
bring identification. Public information: (502) 540-7000.
It is difficult for us to understand the impact that Harvey’s discovery
of the circulation of the blood had on the minds of his contemporaries.
We are so used to the simple idea of the heart acting as a pump, from
which blood circulates around the body. Using items from the Royal
College of Physicians collections this exhibition provides a unique
insight into Harvey’s discovery, his relationship with the College and
the importance and influence of his discovery to the present day.
A Kentucky Pioneer in Blood Transfusion. Bertram Bernheim
was one of the leading pioneers in the field of blood surgery and transfusion.
Simple acts of sharing are changing more lives.
Lives are Changed this year because of Organ and Tissue donors. more..
We need donors across the region
to schedule an appointment to donate blood. Blood has a shelf life of
only 42 days, which means it constantly needs to be replenished. Donors
can give blood every 56 days, or six times a year. The American Red
Cross strives to maintain a 3-day supply of blood to be prepared for an
unexpected events. Although we have emerged from the critical stage in
our region, we still are short of our 3-day blood supply.
And each donor makes a difference. More than 38,000 blood donations are
used every day in the United States to help save the lives of cancer
patients, accident victims, children with blood disorders, among others.
Blood donations can be transported and used to help those in need of
blood in communities nationwide.
Our goal is to ensure that blood is readily available to patients
whenever and wherever it is needed because it is the blood on the
shelves that saves lives.
Every two seconds, someone in America needs blood and just one unit of
blood can help save as many as three lives.
“The Red Cross is an organization that responds to those in need and it
is an honor to help them with the lifesaving role they play everyday in
communities nationwide," said blood donor Peyton Manning, star
quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts and member of the American Red
Cross National Celebrity Cabinet.
All about blood
Donors' willingness to provide lifelines for those in need is not in vain. more..
How much blood is needed?
medicine has made complex and life-saving surgeries possible. However,
without a safe and plentiful supply of blood, no one would benefit from
these advances. It is easy to see, with this CHART, that every donation counts!
The Basics of Giving Blood
can be donated every 56 days, up to 6 times per year. Blood donors are
asked to call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE between the hours of 8:00am and 8:30pm EST
to make an appointment to donate. Blood donors must be age 17 or over,
weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in generally good health. For
information on mobile blood drives open to the public, click here. For information on our fixed blood centers, click here. To learn more about the River Valley Blood Services region, click here.
Have you thought recently about who actually recieves the blood you donate?
Here are a few people you have helped! (Broadband connection and Flash 6 plugin required)
See Lindsey, Nathan, Victor and more. They all want to say thanks!more...
Blood is a life force within our bodies.
can also travel outside the body from one individual to another --
safely and efficiently. From creation to donation to transfusion, follow
a unit of blood on a journey that moves from blood history, blood
basics, Inovators and Pioneers, Education and an Ask the Experts
section. This very informative website has a thorough and in depth
discussion and explanation of This, The "Red Gold".
The global source for hematology education, practice and research.
Want to know more about what to expect when giving blood? View our
presentation. (Flash Required)
Blood collection has come a long way from early
origins. Today with modern technology and top notch professionals we have
refined the art.
Since establishing the first civilian blood service after World War II, the
American Red Cross has been a leader in blood collection, safety and
development. Today, the safety and availability of the blood supply is our
highest priority. And our national research center, the Jerome
H. Holland Laboratory, is one of the foremost blood research facilities in
Having provided comfort and aid to those in need
since 1881, the Red Cross quickly adopted Blood Services as a fundamental part
of its humanitarian mission. Started as a war relief effort to provide
life-saving blood for soldiers during World War II, Red Cross Blood Services has
grown to become an industry leader — collecting and distributing half the
nation's blood supply.
All the technology and science, however, is only made possible by one
simple selfless act: An average person takes time out of his busy schedule to
give a piece of himself so that someone he will never know has a chance to live.
This incredible act of kindness, BLOOD DONATION, allows a stranger to celebrate another
birthday, give birth to a child, or share another Thanksgiving dinner with
family and friends, is at the heart of what we do.
Today's Red Cross blood program is the legacy of Dr. Charles Drew, a
hematologist, surgeon, educator and scientist whose pioneering work in blood
collection, plasma processing and transfusion therapy laid the foundation for
modern blood banking.
To all the volunteer blood donors, we thank you on
behalf of the lives of those patients you have saved, and all their grateful
loved ones. You are the true definition of a hero.