Oswego Hosts Second Annual Blood Drive in Honor of Sadie Wilson

OSWEGO, NY – Residents of Oswego are partnering with the American Red Cross for a “Communities That Care” blood drive in honor of Sadie Wilson on July 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Oswego Elks Lodge, 132 W. Fifth St.

A “Communities That Care” blood drive is a Red Cross initiative to engage local citizens and boost regional blood supplies by enlisting community support.

Sadie Wilson
Sadie Wilson

In June 2012, at just 22 months old, Sadie was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a fast-growing cancer of white blood cells called lymphocytes that affects the bone marrow.

After fighting for her life for a month, she has required many blood and platelet transfusions over the past year.

Sadie is currently in remission, but still receives weekly chemotherapy and will continue this treatment until October 2014.

The Red Cross is urging all eligible donors to help keep the blood supply strong this summer by making an appointment to donate blood today. All presenting donors at this blood drive will receive a free T-shirt.

Additionally, all presenting donors during the month of July will receive a coupon redeemable for $2.50 off the purchase of a 48-ounce container of Turkey Hill’s All Natural Ice Cream*.

Walk-ins are always welcome, but donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment in advance by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or by visiting redcrossblood.org

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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

*Prizes not redeemable for cash and non-transferable.