Blood & Donor Match Drive – Volunteers and Donors Needed

St. Alban’s is hosting Crystal’s Ball… A Blood & Donor Match Drive on Sunday, October 1st, 12 – 5pm

Blood & Donor Drive

This drive is in support of one of our parishioners, Crystal Daniels, who has been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).  AML is a blood cancer that attacks her white blood cells.  It’s also a DNA mutation, which means that each person’s case is different because each DNA mutation attacks a different part of your DNA.  Crystal has had several rounds of chemo, but, because of the mutation, she requires a stem cell transplant. 

Crystal needs as much help as we can give: Blood donors, people willing to have a cheek swab (which you do yourself) for a possible donor match through DKMS, monetary donations to help with medical expenses, and volunteers…lots of volunteers to help get the word out, help set up prior to the drive, help during the drive, and help clean up afterwards. 

If you would like to make an appointment to donate blood, you can:

  • Go directly to the American Red Cross website at http://www.redcrossblood.org, go to “Find a Blood Drive” and enter the Sponsor Code stalbans, then click on the red arrow to choose a time
  • Contact St. Alban’s at 803-359-2444, Monday-Friday 8am-12pm
  • Contact Dawn Beaver at dcbeaver45@yahoo.com or 803-348-4206 (TEXT ONLY, PLEASE), 7:30am-7:30pm

No appointment is required for the donor match cheek swab – just show up!

The registration cost of each new potential donor is $65 – the bulk of which is laboratory costs for checking the cheek swabs.  This cost is not passed on to the person in need… it is funded by donations.

If you would like to make a monetary donation directly to DKMS, you can do that either at St. Alban’s on the day of the drive, or at http://give.dkms.org

We want to raffle off a couple of gift baskets, so we’re looking for donations of goods or services, big or small.  We will be happy to supply you with a tax receipt for any donations you make.  The proceeds from the gift basket raffle will be split between Crystal’s medical expense fund and DKMS.

If you would like to contribute to the gift baskets, please contact Dawn Beaver at dcbeaver45@yahoo.com.

You don’t have to be a member of St. Alban’s, or even a member of the Episcopal Church, to be a part of this, so please share this with everybody you know!!!

 

For more information, please contact St. Alban’s at 803-359-2444, Monday-Friday 8am-12pm, or Dawn at dcbeaver45@yahoo.com, any day 7:30am-7:30pm.

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