OSWEGO, NY — The Live Love Life blood drive in honor of Cooper Levine will be held for the fourth time on January 4.
This event is slated for the Oswego Elks Lodge 271 at 132 W. Fifth St., from noon to 6 p.m.
The drive originated to bring awareness to the continual need for blood for the more than 1.6 million people who were diagnosed with cancer last year.
Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.
Cooper Levine, 21, of Oswego, is one such individual.
He received numerous blood and platelet transfusions in the first year of his treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in 2013 and periodically throughout his treatment.
Cooper will soon end his chemotherapy treatment – in January 2017.
He was just two weeks into his freshman year at Ithaca College in 2013 when he was diagnosed.
The start of chemotherapy and subsequent emergency abdominal surgeries kept him from returning to school.
However, through great determination he has made up his missed year and is slated to graduate from Ithaca College with his class in May 2017 with a degree in healthcare management.
The Levine family has been very grateful for the outpouring of support from the Oswego community throughout this experience.
The blood drive is just one way they feel has created an awareness of the need for support.
Oswego donors responded overwhelmingly for the past three years, with almost 300 units donated during the three drives.
To set up an appointment for the January 4 drive, contact the Red Cross at 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or redcrossblood.org.
Walk-ins are welcome.
A Blood Donor App is freely available from the App Store and Google Play.
Presenting donors between will receive a long-sleeve Red Cross T-shirt, and a Dunkin Donuts gift card (while supplies last).
Each pint of donated blood can save up to 3 individuals.
Every 2 seconds, someone in the United States needs blood, totaling 30 million blood component transfusions yearly.
The Red Cross needs to collect an average of 15,000 pints of blood every day to meet patient needs.
Cooper’s parents have become regular donors in recognition of this need not only for Cooper, but also for those who may require blood products because of accidents, blood system diseases, and other issues.
This holiday season and in this new year, please give something that means something and costs nothing but your time.
Patients do not get a holiday from needing blood, the need is constant.
Holiday activities, bad weather, and seasonal illnesses such as the flu often result on fewer blood donations during the winter months.
All blood types are currently needed, particularly types O negative, A negative, and B negative.
Millions like Cooper are counting on you to give.