Join your neighbors in saving lives at the 12th annual Carol H. Axelrod Memorial Blood Drive at Lankenau Medical Center! All presenting donors will receive a gift bag, free entry into prize drawings, and plenty of tasty treats. Appointments for the drive can be scheduled at www.chablooddrive.org (click to view available donation slots on October 24 and October 25) or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (mention sponsor code “CHAMemorial”).
As part of an ongoing “Community CHAllenge” initiative, for every unit of blood collected, Carol’s family will make donations to the Narberth Community Food Bank and to Tree House Books, which works to provide every child in Philadelphia with free access to high-quality books and literacy programming. If the blood drive collection surpasses last year’s total of 250 units, these donations will be doubled. Your participation in this special event will help ensure that blood products are always available for patients who need them while also supporting the very important work of two community organizations.
The Carol H. Axelrod Memorial Blood Drive honors the memory of Wynnewood resident Carol Axelrod, who became dependent on blood products while being treated for multiple myeloma, an incurable cancer of the blood and bone marrow. Because blood was available every time she needed a transfusion, Carol was able to celebrate her 60th birthday and see her granddaughter turn three years old before she passed away in July 2008. Her family founded the memorial blood drive later that year, with a mission of enabling other patients to spend more time with their loved ones by furthering understanding of the importance of donating blood.
Every unit of donated blood can be separated into components that may be given to as many as three different recipients, meaning that one donor can help save three lives. The family hopes to collect 300 units of blood at the upcoming drive, allowing as many as 900 hospital patients to receive critical transfusions. The blood drives held in Carol’s memory, which now take place four times each year in different locations, have collected enough blood products to have helped more than 13,000 patients.
For more information about the 12th Annual Carol H. Axelrod Memorial Blood Drive at Lankenau Medical Center, visit www.chablooddrive.org. Thank you for scheduling your lifesaving donation appointment today!