(Dec. 18, 2012) – A man who regularly donated blood and inspired his daughters to do the same will be remembered with a blood drive in his name on Dec. 27. The American Red Cross, friends and family of David McElhaney and the Callao Shamrocks 4-H Club will host the seventh annual David McElhaney Memorial Blood Drive in Callao.
McElhaney died in December 2005 from pancreatic cancer. His wife, Teresa Grimshaw, said McElhaney received several blood transfusions during his fight with cancer, at times receiving transfusions every weekend. Grimshaw said that, along with the fact that McElhaney was a regular blood donor and his daughters continue the tradition, it inspired his friends and family to host an event in his memory.
“We wondered how we could help,” Grimshaw said. “We wanted to host the blood drive as a way of contributing since he had required so many transfusions.”
The seventh Annual David McElhaney Memorial Blood Drive will be held on Thursday, Dec. 27, from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Callao Christian Church Youth Center at 119 W. Second Street, Callao.
Blood collected at the David McElhaney Memorial Blood Drive may help many patients, including those battling cancer. In fact, some cancer patients require daily blood transfusions as part of their treatment.
How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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 permission 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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.