The community is invited to give blood in honor of Brady Prosser at a special American Red Cross blood drive on Wednesday, November 23, from noon to 6 p.m., at DeKalb Middle School.
Brady, a seventh grader at DeKalb Middle School, was severely burned while mowing lawn. He accidentally mowed over a smothering/burning pile of leaves catching himself and the lawnmower on fire. His brother, Reese, saw Brady catch on fire. Reese immediately pulled Brady from the burning lawn mower, throwing him to the ground and putting out the flames. Brady has since received daily blood and plasma transfusions during his treatment, which is expected to continue for several more months.
The Prosser family and DeKalb Middle School hope the community will give blood in his honor.
“We want the community to know that Brady is being brave and this is a way the community can support him,” said Jane Bitting, director of student services for DeKalb Middle School.
“Hosting this blood drive in his name is a wonderful way to honor Brady and help patients in need,” said Stephanie Burris, account manager for the Red Cross Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region.
Every two seconds in the United States blood and platelets are 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 approximately 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.
Blood Drive in honor of Brady Prosser
Wednesday, Nov. 23
Noon to 6 p.m.
DeKalb Middle School
3323 County Road 427
Waterloo, IN 46793
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.