Blood donation

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MANSFIELD — The community is invited to give blood in memory of Sandy Barres at a special American Red Cross blood drive held in her name Saturday, Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Tara Therapy Salon in Mansfield.

Sandy Barres is remembered as a caring mother and friend and is loved and missed by many. In July 2017 she was diagnosed with two forms of cancer, squamous cell lung carcinoma and Richter's Syndrome (RS). During her treatment she needed multiple blood transfusions. Sandy passed away Feb. 9, 2020. Blood donors helped give her more time with her family.

Sandy’s family is celebrating her life by hosting this special blood drive in her honor and inviting the community to join them in helping other patients in the hospital.

Sandy Barres

Sandy Barres

“My mother was a very special person and is loved and missed by so many,” said Cecil Wilson, Sandy’s daughter. “We hope to see many from the community come to donate on her behalf.”

In appreciation, those who come to give Oct. 15-Nov. 11 will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card* via email, courtesy of Suburban Propane. Additionally, those who come to give in October will be entered to win a $1,000 Amazon.com Gift Card, with five lucky winners. *Terms and conditions apply. More information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Unite.

“We take for granted that blood products will be there at the hospital when we need it, but it can only come from generous volunteer donors,” said Kelly Beck, donor recruitment account manager for the Red Cross. “It’s the blood already on the shelves that helps save lives in an emergency. Giving blood in Sandy’s name is a wonderful way to honor her and potentially help others.”

Every two seconds in the United States blood is needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. The Red Cross must collect nearly 13,000 blood and more than 2,600 platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,500 hospitals nationwide, including 137 hospitals in Ohio.

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