BIRMINGHAM – Birmingham Legion FC and the University of Alabama Birmingham Hospital are teaming up with the American Red Cross to help answer the call for blood donations. The community is invited to give blood Tuesday, Oct.1 at the BBVA Field, 800 11th St S. in Birmingham and Monday, Sept. 30, through Saturday, Oct. 5, at multiple times at the UAB North Pavilion Atrium, 1802 6th Ave S. in Birmingham.
The Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donors of all types to give now to help prevent a blood shortage. Blood is needed every day for patients with many serious medical conditions. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may need blood products.
Donating blood is a way to make a lifesaving impact in the lives of patients like Ryder Oliver. On March 26, 2018, Ryder was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor called medulloblastoma at the age of three. He immediately underwent a 5 ½ hour brain surgery to remove the tumor and then received his first of many blood transfusions. Ryder then completed three rounds of chemotherapy, three rounds of high dose chemotherapy and three stem cell transplants. He finished his treatment Oct. 12, 2018, and is currently in remission.
“Giving blood is among the most selfless actions for an individual. Legion FC is a proud supporter of the Red Cross and its mission to support those in their most stressful times of need,” said Doug Hicks, Executive Vice President for the Birmingham Legion FC.
Presenting donors will receive a free Red Cross T-shirt (shown below), meal voucher for the UAB cafeteria, one game ticket, and free hotdogs and refreshments, while supplies last.
“Blood drives are essential in helping ensure blood is available for patients in need, like 4-year-old, Ryder Oliver, who is a survivor of brain cancer. We cannot thank Birmingham Legion FC and UAB Hospital enough for hosting blood drives,” said Ronnika A. McFall, external communications manager of the Red Cross Alabama and Central Gulf Coast Blood Services Region. “To learn more and sign up to host a blood drive, visit RedCrossBlood.org/HostADrive.”
Help save lives at one of the following blood drives:
- 9/30/2019: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., University of Alabama Birmingham North Pavilion Atrium 1802 6th Ave. S., Birmingham
- 10/1/2019: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m., University of Alabama Birmingham North Pavilion Atrium 1802 6th Ave. S., Birmingham
- 10/1/2019: noon – 6 p.m., BBVA Field - 800 11th St. S., Birmingham.
- 10/2/2019: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., University of Alabama Birmingham North Pavilion Atrium 1802 6th Ave. S., Birmingham
- 10/3/2019: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., University of Alabama Birmingham North Pavilion Atrium 1802 6th Ave. S., Birmingham
- 10/4/2019: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m., University of Alabama Birmingham North Pavilion Atrium 1802 6th Ave. S., Birmingham
- 10/5/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., University of Alabama Birmingham North Pavilion Atrium 1802 6th Ave. S., Birmingham
How to donate blood
For more information and to make an appointment to donate, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) sponsor code: Legion or UABNP. Donors of all blood types are needed. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.