The Live Love Life blood drive in honor of Cooper Levine will be held for the second time on December 30.
This year’s event is slated for the Oswego Elks Lodge at 132 W. Fifth St., Oswego, from noon to 6 pm.
More than 1.6 million people were diagnosed with cancer last year.
Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.
Cooper Levine of Oswego is one such individual; he received numerous blood and platelet transfusions in the first year of his treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
College was put on hold to dedicate time to the grueling regimen.
This fight will continue for three years.
Oswego donors responded overwhelmingly last year, with 90 pints donated and many others responding to the need.
To set up an appointment for the December 30 drive, contact the Red Cross at 1-800-REDCROSS or redcrossblood.org
A Blood Donor App is freely available from the App Store and Google Play. Locally, call Kate at 342-6056.
Presenting donors between December 24 and January 4 will receive a long-sleeve Red Cross T-shirt while supplies last.
Each pint of donated blood can save up to three individuals.
Every two 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, 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 are counting on you to give.
Cooper is one of them.