3rd Annual Memorial Blood Brive

Memorial BLood Drive

On March 8, 2014, just 1 day before Tony’s 29th birthday we are hosting our second annual memorial blood drive through the Red Cross.  The drive will be held at Good Shepard Lutheran Church at 466 Elm Street, Monroe, CT between the hours of 8Am and 1PM.  Appointments are strongly recommended and we are now accepting them via email to anne@thetonybrownfoundation.org.  Reserve your time slot now before the Red Cross starts their advertising and get the prime times.  They are taking them every 15 minutes starting at 8AM.  Please include an alternate time in case your desired time slot has already been booked.  This blood drive will be unlike any other you have been to, we will be celebrating LIFE!  The Tony Brown foundation will be providing food, music and more during this drive!

Tony's Last Photograph Taken Hours Before He Passed Away

In January of 2009, Tony was found unconscious in his dorm room in Florida.  He was admitted to the hospital where he was in a coma for a few days.  He was diagnosed with a rare blood disease called Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP). In TTP, blood clots form in small blood vessels throughout the body  Tony suffered an extreme case, his body was shutting down and he was not expected to make it.   Plasmapheresis is used to treat acquired TTP.

This is a lifesaving procedure. It removes antibodies (proteins) from the blood that cause damage to a certain enzyme.  Tony’s life was saved!  I believe Tony’s stronge will, determination and love for life helped heal him, along with knowledgeable Doctors and a blood supply there for the using!.

Six months later Tony had a relapse.  Rare, but again he recovered partly due to the plasma treatment.  Blood donations once again saved my child’s life!  Unfortunately, after overcoming all these obstacles, fate would have it that on the day Tony was to go home, a strange course of events took place leading to his death.  I have never been more grateful for six months as I was for the ones between January 2009 and July 2009.

Please come out and support our Memorial Blood Drive, you never know when you or a loved one may need this gift of love.

It is simple, quick, and the only pain is that of a needle.  For more information regarding the rules and requirements for giving blood visit the American Red Cross website.

You may give blood every 56 days which means you may not given blood AFTER January 5th in order to be able to Give blood on March 1st.

  • Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
  • More than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day.
  • A total of 30 million blood components are transfused each year in the U.S. (2006).
  • The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 pints.
  • The blood type most often requested by hospitals is Type O.
  • The blood used in an emergency is already on the shelves before the event occurs.
  • Sickle cell disease affects more than 80,000 people in the U.S., 98 percent of whom are African American. Sickle cell patients can require frequent blood transfusions throughout their lives.
  • More than 1 million new people are diagnosed with cancer each year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.
  • A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.
For more facts about blood, the need and the donation process visit the website here.

Blood Donors Must:

  • Be healthy*
  • Be at least 17 years old in most states, or 16 years old with parental consent if allowed by state law
  • Weigh at least 110 lbs.
    Additional weight requirements apply for donors 18 years old and younger and all high school donors.

* Note: Healthy means that you feel well and can perform normal activities. If you have a chronic condition such as diabetes, healthy also means that you are being treated and the condition is under control.

Your act of kindness will not only help others but make you feel wonderful.

Email me with your desired appointment time at Anne@thetonybrownfoundation.org

Available times are every 15 minutes between 8AM and 1PM

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