Currently the Red Cross is having a difficult time keeping blood on the shelves.
“The need for blood is ongoing. Despite our efforts to replenish our blood supply the Region is still in need of all blood types,” says Kathy Smith, director of Donor Services, for the American Red Cross.
The region depends on volunteer blood donors to collect 300 pints of blood every day throughout Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. In addition, approximately 20 percent of the blood collected in the region comes from high school and college blood drives. With not in session yet, these vital pints are typically not available.
Those who donate through Sept. 28 can enter to win a 105th Anniversary Edition Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom, in a contest sponsored by the gang that’s “Out for Blood” – the American Red Cross, Napoleon Harley-Davidson, R/P Marketing Public Relations and Cumulus Toledo. Complete rules for the sweepstakes can be found at givebloodtoday.org.
Locally, the Lindsey Lions Blood Drive will be held Aug. 11 from 1 to 7 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 231 Maple St.
A Genoa Community Blood Drive will be held Aug. 12 from noon to 6 p.m. at Genoa St. John UCC, 1213 Washington St., Genoa
A blood drive will be held Aug. 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the City of Oregon offices, 5330 Seaman Rd., Oregon. Appointments only by calling Kathy Wolfe at 419-698-7045.
For information on other blood drives call the American Red Cross at 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit www.givebloodtoday.org
Aquatic exercise program
The Physical Medicine Department of Memorial Hospital in Fremont is now offering one-on-one aquatic exercise programs.
Individuals will work with an aquatic exercise instructor in the therapy pool to develop an individualized aquatic exercise program. The cost of the hourly session is $25. Programs will be designed with the individual’s interest and aquatic exercise needs being addressed. Participants may request a specific part of the body to work on, or they can be set up with overall general exercises.
The program will include two free open-swim day passes along with pictures and descriptions of the prescribed exercises.
For more information, contact the Physical Medicine Department of Memorial Hospital at 419-334-6630 to schedule an appointment.
Putting for pancreatic cancer
Pancreatic cancer is the fourth-leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Seventy-five percent of pancreatic cancer patients die within the first year of their diagnosis, and only five percent survive more than five years. That’s the lowest survival rate of all major cancers.
There are no early-detection methods. There is no cure. The Putt for Pan CAN Golf Outing will be held Aug. 15 at Eagle’s Landing Golf Course in Oregon to raise money for pancreatic cancer research.
Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. A shotgun start will kick off the outing at 1:30 p.m. The cost is $75 per person or $300 per team, which includes greens fees and cart, 50/50 raffle, putting contest, a hot dog lunch and a hamburger dinner.
Organizers are seeking participants, donations and sponsors for the event. For more information, call Pam Toth at 419-698-3580 or Allyson Tscherne at 419-261-2559. Further information is also available at www.myspace.com/putt4pancan.
Caring Friends fundraiser
For 14 years the Danberry Company has been funding the Caring Friends of Toledo Children’s Hospital’s Treasure Chest.
The Treasure Chest is an emergency assistance fund that comes into action when all other resources have been explored or exhausted. This fund is available only through a hospital social worker to eligible children with chronic or debilitating diseases and to their families.
Dick Baker, President of Danberry, has been an integral part of the event since its inception. “We’ve always urged our people to become involved in the community,” Baker said. “There are so many worthy charities and causes, but we found that we all have a soft spot in our hearts for children with serious illnesses. When we witnessed the great work being done at Toledo Children’s Hospital and their Foundation, it was a natural for us to focus our energies on helping those families during most difficult times.”
And the legacy and fun continues. Each individual Danberry Real Estate office raises additional funds throughout the year with various activities like a miniature golf contests, bowl-a-thons, Halloween carnivals and parking lot parties.
This year’s Charity Auction is being held Oct. 9 and it is open to the public. To add to the excitement, the auction will be one of the first events held at the new Hilton Garden Inn at Levis Commons in Perrysburg.
For more information about attending or to donate an auction item, visit www.danberrycharities.com or call Mary Jo Archer at 419-531-4372.