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From left are Mitsi Lindsay, outgoing Tennessee Valley Region board chair; Patricia Fields, Cumberland County chapter executive; and Tim Ryerson, Tennessee Valley Region CEO.

Did you know just one blood donation can help save up to three lives?  Your donation can be separated into red blood cells, plasma and platelets to treat patients with different needs.

Patricia Fields, Chapter Executive for the Cumberland County Chapter of the American Red Cross, helped numerous patients over her lifetime through blood donation.  She’s donated 29 pints of blood so far and encourages others to give.

“This time of year, everyone’s on vacation and there’s not enough people to come in and donate,” says Patricia Fields.

Although blood donation is important to Fields, it takes on a new meaning this year.  Fields is battling pancreatic cancer and expects to receive donated blood during her treatment course.

Cancer patients can require up to 100 units of red blood cells and up to 50 units of blood platelets throughout the treatment course. 

Although all blood types are important, type O negative blood supplies are at critically low levels.  If you have type O negative blood, the Red Cross needs your help now.

The public is invited to give blood in honor of Patricia Fields during the month of July at the Crossville Donor Center.  The Crossville Donor Center is open July 1 – 22, but is closed the last week of July. 

 The Crossville Donor Center located at 11 E. First St.  Regular hours are listed below:

•Monday – Wednesday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

•Thursday & Friday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

•Closed Saturday & Sunday

Please call (931) 337-0247 for information or to schedule an appointment.

A special community blood drive in Fields honor is also set for Tuesday, July 28, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Crossville Community Complex located at 1398 Livingston Road in Crossville.

All presenting blood donors during the month of July receive a free ice cream novelty, courtesy of local area businesses.

As an extra incentive this summer, anyone who presents to donate blood with the Red Cross between July 1 and Sept. 5 is automatically entered into a drawing for a $250 gas card.  On the July 4 and Labor Day weekends, anyone presenting to donate Friday through Monday is automatically entered into a drawing for a $1,000 gas card.

How to Donate Blood

Call 1-800-RED CROSS or log on to for more information or to schedule a blood donation appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19. Visit to learn more.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at

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