Gilmer family to host blood drive for beloved resident
Gilmer Volunteer Fire Department to host drive with Carter BloodCare, supports Cathey Wilburn
GILMER, Texas (Feb. 2, 2018) – There is a reason to give blood in February because it’s a great way to show love for your community. In Gilmer, on Saturday, February 24 is a perfect time to show support for a local woman who is battling a severe form of leukemia. There will be a blood drive in honor of Cathey Wilburn because she has used blood products during her treatment. Carter BloodCare says that patients with blood cancers commonly receive platelets – the component of the blood that aides in clotting. The nature of the disease and the side effects of its treatment, both, render their platelets much less effective.
Giving whole blood is also a generous way to demonstrate support for Cathey Wilburn and others like her. Hospitals have an ongoing requirement for blood, to fulfill the transfusion orders for about 600 to 700 patients daily; and as the community blood supplier, Carter BloodCare needs to see 1,000 blood donors a day to keep pace with this demand.
Gilmer Volunteer Fire Department blood drive is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, February 24 at 211 West Harrison St. in the Bethesda Masonic Lodge #42 dining room. For more information or to schedule an appointment please contact Stephen Doonan at (903) 720-9812.
There is no substitute for human blood. Each person, even with the same blood type, gives a unique blood donation. A diversity of blood donors is also necessary to maintain a safe and sufficient blood supply.
It takes about an hour to give one pint of whole blood. Blood transfusion can do more than save a life – it can provide hope and renewed energy for folks who battle a chronic blood disorder, or undergo cancer and surgical treatments.
Remember to eat a nutritious meal and drink plenty of water one to two hours before giving blood. All donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, feel well on the day of donation, and present a government-issued photo ID each time they give blood. Most medications do not restrict a person from giving blood. You can find the list and other eligibility requirements at carterbloodcare.org/eligibility/ .
Potential blood donors may volunteer beginning at age 16 with parental consent; 17-year-olds may give independently and there is no upper age limit for donating blood. For more information on donor eligibility and to make an appointment, call 1-800-366-2834 or visit carterbloodcare.org.
About Carter BloodCare
Carter BloodCare is a community based, non-profit blood center that provides life-saving transfusion resources to more than 200 medical facilities in 50-plus counties of north, central and east Texas. The 501(c)(3) organization is one of the largest blood programs in Texas, delivering more than 300,000 blood products annually to meet patients’ treatment requirements. Carter BloodCare’s services include collection, processing, specialized laboratory testing, storage and distribution of blood and blood products. The center is accredited by the AABB, including a laboratory with accreditation for molecular testing of red cell antigens. It is licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is a member of America’s Blood Centers.