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|Updated: LifeShare seeks Sterlington donors|
Recognizing the lifesaving value of an adequate blood supply, a community grant has been provided by the Dow Foundation to support four Lifeshare blood drives to be held throughout 2009 in the Sterlington community.
The blood drives are co-sponsored by Angus Chemical, the Jake Owen Raborn Foundation and LifeShare Blood Centers.
The first of this year's four blood drives will be held Thursday, Jan. 15. LifeShare Blood Centers' donor coach will be parked in front of the Angus Chemical Administration Building. Area residents encouraged to donate blood between 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The collaborative effort to collect blood donations is magnified for the founders of the Jake Owen Raborn Foundation, whose organization supports pediatric cancer families and medical institutions who provide services for pediatric cancer patients. "Blood and platelet transfusions are vital to the treatment of children fighting cancer," according to Don Raborn, foundation co-founder. LifeShare Blood Centers is the only provider of blood products for patients treated at medical facilities in northeast Louisiana and south Arkansas.
"When people need blood for surgery, trauma care, cancer treatments or for hundreds of other reasons, it is available because another caring, generous and selfless person gave their blood so someone else could live. It is an easy and rewarding way to spend less than an hour of your time. That hour of your time can provide additional hours, weeks, months or even a lifetime for someone else. What an amazing gift," said Raborn.
Blood donors will receive a special T-shirt designed for the Sterlington community blood drive. Donors will also be registered to win a $50 gift card. Individuals receive a mini-physical prior to the donation procedure, including a check of temperature, pulse, blood pressure and iron level.
Potential donors must be age 17 or older, weigh at least 110 pounds, feel well and healthy at the time of donation, eat a good meal and increase fluid intake prior to donation. Donors will be asked to present identification.
For more information, call 322-4445.
There are two LifeShare Blood Centers in Ouachita Parish. The main location is at 2909 Kilpatrick Blvd. in Monroe. Center hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The center can be reached by calling 322-4445.
A secondary location in West Monroe is located at 207 Blanchard St., across from Hobby Lobby. Center hours are noon-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. The center can be reached by calling 388-5880.
For more information on blood donation, go online to www.lifeshare.org.