HUNTINGTON—An American Red Cross blood drive is scheduled to be held 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., July 26 at
Life Church, 900 East State Street in Huntington, in honor of three-year-old Wyatt Schmaltz. Wyatt is battling stage 4 neuroblastoma, a type of cancer that starts in young nerve cells.
“Wyatt is strong and he’s a hero to many of us for fighting so hard,” said Wyatt’s father, Joseph Schmaltz. “Wyatt has received several blood transfusions and will continue to receive them.”
Every day, patients across the U.S. need an average of 44,000 units of blood. That’s about 17 million donations—or nearly 23 million blood products—transfused to 5 million patients a year.
Wyatt’s family hopes to raise awareness about the ongoing need for blood donors for patients like Wyatt and many others.
“We want anyone and everyone who can to come out to donate,” said Joseph Schmaltz.
Donors are asked to please call 1-800-RED CROSS or go to redcrossblood.org to schedule a blood donation appointment. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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 (16 with parental consent in some states), 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.
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.