Upcoming Red Cross blood drives

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The American Red Cross is inviting the community to be part of its life saving mission by giving blood. "Thanks to generous blood donors, I still have a wife and my kids still have their mom".

Gradyn is motivated by his own need for blood transfusions over the years.

There will be several blood donation opportunities in the area in the next several weeks and the Red Cross urges participants to consider donating blood. He has needed them during treatment and will need more as treatment continues over the next two years.

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"Everyone's donation was absolutely vital for this emergency blood appeal that the American Red Cross is going through right now", Gundersen said.

There will be a blood drive in Watertown from 1:45 to 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, February 21, at First Congregational Church, 40 DeForrest Street.

The teen, who has been increasingly active within the community even following his diagnosis, aims to reach the 100th donation made in his name at the upcoming blood drive.

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Marshall High School is sponsoring a blood drive May 17 from 9 a.m.to 2 p.m.

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.

The PPHS helped with the event by sending volunteers and coordinating with the American Red Cross.

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