Published by Kirby Winn on Wednesday, August 31, 2022 in News Releases
(Earth City, MO) – ImpactLife and Audacy radio stations Hot 104.1 and 96.3 R&B for the Lou are partnering on a special blood drive this Saturday, September 3, at Dave & Buster’s in Maryland Heights. The blood drive comes during a critical period for the blood supply, as our region’s already low blood supply will be further challenged by the holiday weekend.
To encourage donations and to thank those who schedule appointments, all presenting donors will receive a D&B $10 Power Card as well as a “Red4Life” T-shirt and voucher to redeem for an additional $10 gift card for select stores and restaurants from ImpactLife. In addition, donors will have the opportunity to meet Hot 104.1’s Shae Bae and 96.3 R&B for the Lou’s D2thaC, who will be on site during the blood drive.
Hot 104.1 and 96.3 R&B for the Lou Blood Drive
11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, September 3
Dave & Buster’s (13857 Riverport Dr., Maryland Heights, Missouri)
For scheduling, call (800) 747-5401 or schedule online at www.bloodcenter.org/group (group code 11348)
Blood drive supports “Red4Life” outreach on Sickle Cell Disease
The blood drive is part of outreach efforts by ImpactLife to increase diversity of its donor base by recruiting additional African-American blood donors through its “Red4Life” program. Additional donations are needed to help provide a sufficient blood supply for patients with sickle cell disease, an inherited blood disorder that affects red blood cells. It is the most common hereditary disorder and currently affects more than 100,000 Americans, predominantly people of African descent.
The red blood cells in patients with sickle cell disease can become “sickled” in shape, which can cause the cells to become stuck in small blood vessels. Patients can experience pain and anemia and are at increased risk for strokes and other types of organ damage. When patients experience a sickle cell crisis, red cell transfusion is a major form of therapy to relieve symptoms. The antigen-negative blood types needed for patients with sickle cell disease are more generally found in donors of African descent. (For information on the ImpactLife Red4Life donor program, see www.bloodcenter.org/red4life.)
ImpactLife is a not-for-profit community organization providing blood services to 124 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin, as well as resource sharing partners across the country. Services extend from southcentral Wisconsin to St. Louis, Missouri and from Danville, Illinois to Chariton, Iowa. (See a map of the ImpactLife service region.) ImpactLife operates 22 Donor Centers and holds approximately 5000 mobile blood drives annually to provide blood components needed for patient transfusions at hospitals throughout our region. For more information, see www.bloodcenter.org and find us @impactlifeblood on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok, Twitter, Snapchat, and YouTube.