Just one pint of blood can save up to three lives. Saturday, July 26th, that pint may help someone you know . . . Mason native Michael Rode.
Rode is suffering from a condition where he is not able to make his own blood. He is undergoing blood transfusions and chemotherapy. A bone marrow match was recently found so that Rode can have a bone marrow transplant but the Rode family would still like people to become bone marrow donors to help save lives.
Here’s how it all works. United Blood Services is teaming with the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center. United Blood Services will be drawing blood from the bloodmobile on the town square while a representative with the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center will be screening potential bone marrow donors with a swab test from inside Hemphill Insurance Agency on the square.
Based on the number of blood donations given, United Blood Services will make a monetary donation toward Rode’s medical bills.
In addition, all donors will receive a free t-shirt and be entered into a monthly drawing for the chance to win a $500 Visa card. Donate two red blood cells and you’ll also get a stainless steel United Blood Services koozie.
Right now, all blood donation spots are full, so if you’ve made an appointment, don’t forget a picture i-d. If you’d like to get on a waiting list, call 347-5582 and we will call you during the blood drive if we have an opening. An appointment is not needed for the bone marrow swab test.
To donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds and be in good health. Bone marrow donors must be between the ages of 18 and 61.
United Blood Services has been this area’s non-profit community blood provider since 1956 and serves patients in 11 surrounding counties. The United Blood Services network is one of the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit blood service organizations, and is a founding member of America’s Blood Centers and the AABB.