Join in the celebration of the milestone 10th Annual Carol H. Axelrod Memorial Blood Drive at Lankenau Medical Center on October 9 and 10, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days, at Lankenau's Annenberg Conference Center! For every unit of blood collected, Axelrod's family will make donations to Lankenau's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and to Peter's Place, a local center for grieving children and their families.
All presenting blood donors will receive a gift bag, free entry into prize drawings, special refreshments, and free parking. To schedule an appointment to donate blood, visit www.chablooddrive.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (mention sponsor code “CHAMemorial”). Every unit of donated blood can be separated into components that can be given to as many as three patients, meaning that one donor can help save three lives.
The blood drive was founded in 2008 in memory of Wynnewood resident Carol Axelrod, who became dependent on regular transfusions of blood and platelets while receiving treatment for multiple myeloma, an incurable cancer of the blood and bone marrow. The transfusions, which she received at Lankenau, allowed her to enjoy good quality of life and spend time with friends and family. After Axelrod died, her family started the blood drive as a way of helping other patients through similar experiences.
Axelrod's family is working toward a goal of collecting at least 225 units of blood on October 9 and 10. This achievement will mean that, since holding their first drive in 2008, they will have collected enough blood products to help as many as 10,000 patients receive lifesaving transfusions.
Through the family's "Community CHAllenge," the blood drive will also support Lankenau's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Peter’s Place. For every unit of blood collected, Axelrod’s family will make a donation to these groups. If the blood drive collection surpasses last year's total, the family will double their donations to both organizations.
The mission of the Carol H. Axelrod Memorial Blood Drive is to help patients and their families spend more time together by working to ensure that blood products are always available for those who need them, with the goal of giving blood donors an enjoyable and positive donation experience. For more information about the Carol H. Axelrod Memorial Blood Drive, visit www.chablooddrive.org.