RED CROSS HOLDS BLOOD DRIVE IN HONOR OF CAININ GRIFFIN | Events

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RED CROSS HOLDS BLOOD DRIVE IN HONOR OF CAININ GRIFFIN
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Portland, ME  February 1, 2011 - The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive in honor area resident Cainin Griffin on Saturday, February 5.  The drive will be held at the Portland Red Cross Donor Center, located at 524 Forest Avenue from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cainin,  a 14 year old student at Wiscassett Middle School, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on the day before Thanksgiving. An avid basketball player on the school’s team, Cainin’s diagnosis came after feeling unwell during a game last fall. This eighth grader is now undergoing treatment and has received many units of blood.

Cainin’s great aunt, Lynn Tarbox, is organizing this blood drive at the American Red Cross to show support for Cainin and appreciation for the blood donations he has received. The family encourages the community to attend this special day, encourage Cainin and give the gift of life.

To schedule an appointment for this blood drive or any other American Red Cross blood drive, call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.

Most healthy individuals who are at least 17 years of age, or 16 in Maine with parental consent and weigh a  minimum of 110 pounds are eligible to donate blood.  Individuals 18 years of age or younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.

The Northern New England Blood Services Region serves 80 hospitals and must have 500 people donate blood or platelets each weekday to meet the needs of hospital patients. 

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