One local cancer dad, Shawn Flynn, came up with the idea to organize a full month of blood drives in honor of local cancer kids.
ISF Annual Platelet Drive, June 22-28 ISF is teaming up with OneBlood! Share your power by donating platelets or blood at the Charlotte Center, 4447 South Blvd. or Isabella Santos Foundation Center, 12239 Community House Road June 22-28. For every platelet or blood donation between June 22-28, OneBlood will donate $10 to the Isabella Santos […]
Our city is full of the best people and best businesses. Every day we learn of something spectacular that our volunteers, supporters, sponsors, and partners are doing during this crazy time and it brightens our hearts and gives us hope. We plan to spotlight these stories through #FeelGoodFriday. Every Friday, we will spotlight something spectacular around us. We hope it will brighten your day too!
Today’s #FeelGoodFriday shout out goes out to OneBlood who has been working their tails off to help make sure our local hospitals have blood product supplies during the pandemic. And also a shoutout to all the partners and donors who stepped in to make that supply possible. If you’re healthy and able to donate blood products, make sure to set up your appointment.
Early into the Coronavirus crisis there was great concern surrounding the availability of blood for our hospitals and their patients. As businesses and organizations in our region and across the country began to shut their doors and stay at home orders were announced, blood drive cancelations started pouring in. The level of cancelations was unprecedented. We began to inform our hospitals of a potential blood shortage.
The hospitals we serve immediately answered the call in a big way. Atrium booked blood drives at 11 hospital locations every single week in April, and are continuing some into May. They didn’t just give a place to park the bus, they had donors show up in droves. Since March 23rd Atrium’s locations alone have collected over 1,300 units of blood. The team at Atrium is literally pouring their blood, sweat, and tears into this community. That’s enough to make you feel good every day, but even more so on #FeelGoodFriday!
OneBlood is also part of an important advancement in the fight against Covid-19 by collecting COVID-19 convalescent plasma (CCP). This plasma is collected from donors who have completely recovered from Coronavirus. Their plasma contains an antibody that when transfused, can help aid in the recovery of patients currently suffering from Coronavirus.
Oneblood’s first CCP collection happened on Friday and one unit has already been sent to a local hospital supporting a patient in need! We are so proud to be partners with Oneblood and appreciate them working their tails off for our community!
A few ways you can help:
❤️Learn more about Oneblood’s convalescent plasma program and eligibility requirements
❤️Learn more about hosting a blood drive in the future
❤️Schedule a blood donation appointment
GIVE BLOOD AND SAVE A CHILD’S LIFE
Isabella Santos Foundation to partner with OneBlood for community blood drive
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 2, 2020) — The Isabella Santos Foundation (ISF) is teaming up with OneBlood on March 7-9th, to host blood drives throughout the Charlotte area on what would have been Isabella’s 15th birthday to honor her life and legacy. Isabella Santos passed away at age seven from a five-year battle with neuroblastoma, a rare type of pediatric cancer. During her treatment, she received numerous blood and platelet transfusions. “OneBlood has been an incredible partner and supporter throughout Isabella’s cancer journey and with our efforts to carry on her legacy to impact the lives of children with cancer,” says Erin Santos, executive director and president of the Isabella Santos Foundation. “We hope you will join us to help honor Isabella’s life and legacy bringing in a record number of blood units for our community over these several days.”
This will be the Isabella Santos Foundation’s largest blood drive yet with locations and mobile units across the city. For every confirmed donation, OneBlood will generously donate $10 back to ISF.
“We have long valued our relationship with the Isabella Santos Foundation, which is the spirit and manifestation of Isabella’s legacy of community support and caring,” said Martin Grable, Executive Vice President, Corporate Development at OneBlood. “It is very rewarding to partner with such a passionate and highly successful group of people dedicated to raising awareness of rare childhood cancers. We encourage the public to make a difference by rolling up their sleeves and giving blood in memory of Isabella [Santos] and to save local lives.”
Check out the full list of March 7-9 donation locations and times below:
Isabella Santos Center in Ballantyne
12239 N. Community House Road
Saturday & Sunday, 7:30 am to 5:00 pm
Monday, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
4447 South Blvd
Saturday & Sunday, 7:30 am to 5:00 pm
Monday, 10 am to 8:00 pm
OneBlood’s Big Red Bus Mobile Units
Isabella Santos Center
12239 N. Community House, Charlotte
Saturday, 8:00 am – 3 pm
Stonecrest /Jersey Mike’s
7716 Rea Road, Charlotte
Saturday & Sunday, 12 pm to 5 pm
1915 Randolph Rd, Charlotte
Monday, 9:00 am to 4 pm
2921 N. Tryon St
Sunday, 12 am to 5 pm
Appointments can be made here.
To view the ISF Blood Drive social share kit, click here.
About Isabella Santos Foundation
The Isabella Santos Foundation (ISF) is a 501(c)3 childhood cancer foundation dedicated to raising funds for research for rare pediatric cancers, and charities that directly impact the lives of children with cancer. ISF was founded in honor of Isabella Santos from Charlotte, N.C. who lost her battle against neuroblastoma. ISF is committed to improving rare pediatric cancer treatment options in an effort to increase the survival rate of kids with cancer so they can live their dreams. ISF has donated nearly $4 million to date to expand the scope of pediatric cancer research and treatment, and to fill various needs surrounding childhood cancers. For more information, visit www.isabellasantosfoundation.org or connect with ISF on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.
OneBlood is the local nonprofit, community-based blood center and the primary blood supplier to the region’s hospitals. OneBlood collects blood and blood products from volunteer donors in the community to return to the community at the lowest possible cost consistent with the highest possible standards. OneBlood is a member of America’s Blood Centers, North America’s largest network of community-based, independent blood centers that provide more than 50 percent of the nation’s blood supply. For more information on hosting a blood drive or donating blood in your area, click here. Connect with OneBlood on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
One hundred platelet donations in seven days. That’s the goal for the week-long platelet drive that the Isabella Santos Foundation is hosting with OneBlood to honor Isabella Santos.
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