Over the past three weeks, the Blood Center has been forced to cancel dozens of blood drives (68, and counting) leading to a loss of more than 2200 donations due to record cold tempatures, snow, and ice.
If you are able to safely travel to donate blood this week, please do. To find a donation location near you, call (800) 747-5401, visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org, or use the Blood Center’s IMPACT mobile app.
With another winter storm on the way to portions of our service region, we will continue to provide information on the impact of winter weather at www.bloodcenter.org/weather.
Tony Calabrese gives blood every 56 days, so his frequent trips to the Donor Center have become routine. But something happened just before his last appointment to make the drive more meaningful. “My dad hadn’t been feeling well,” said Tony, “and the day I was scheduled to donate, I learned he was going to receive a blood transfusion. Even though I couldn’t help him directly, it felt great knowing my donation would help someone in a similar situation.”
Tony serves as President and Chief Operating Officer for the Scott County Family YMCA, based in Davenport, Iowa. He credits his father for getting him started as a blood donor when he was 18, but it was the birth of his son that made him a donor who gives every 56 days. “Anthony was born prematurely and received blood transfusions several times while he was in the NICU,” said Tony. “Ever since then, I’ve donated as much as possible.”
Anthony is now 17 and an active high school senior. “I hope my donations have helped other families the way other donors have helped our son and my dad,” said Tony.
Patients young and old will continue to need blood transfusions year-round. That's why we're grateful for routine donors, like Tony, who make time to give blood on a routine basis.