Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

July 24, 2013

Thursday blood drive in memory of Pat Fields


Submitted

— A Crossville community blood drive, in memory of Patricia Fields, will be held July 25 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Crossville Community Complex, 1398 Livingston Rd. in Crossville.

Patricia Fields was a very special member of the American Red Cross family. She served as the chapter executive for the Cumberland County Chapter of the American Red Cross and was a regular blood donor. During her lifetime, Patricia donated about 30 pints of her own blood to help others. Blood donation was always important to Fields, but it took on a new meaning in 2011 when she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Despite her brave battle against the disease, Patricia passed away in 2011. In loving memory of her life and passion to help others, the American Red Cross is holding a blood drive on Thursday, July 25, at the Crossville Community Complex from noon to 6 p.m.

This special event comes just days after the American Red Cross issued an emergency request for platelet and blood donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give because many fewer donations than expected were received in June and the first week of July.

Nationwide, donations through the Red Cross were down approximately 10 percent in June, resulting in about 50,000 fewer donations than expected. The shortfall is similar to what the Red Cross experienced in June 2012.

To schedule an appointment, please visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800 RED CROSS

Walk-ins are also welcome.