ENGLEWOOD — The family of former Englewood police officer Bill Davenport will host the 5th annual Bill Davenport Memorial Blood Drive community blood drive Thursday, July 28 from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Englewood Government Center community room, 333 West National Road.
Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call 1-800-388-GIVE.
Bill served the Englewood community for nearly 38 years in law enforcement. He retired as a sergeant in 1997 but continued to work as a reserve office until 2008. He died Jan. 16, 2011 after a 10-year battle with cancer. The Davenport family began the blood drive in 2012 to honor his memory by encouraging blood donations, especially for the treatment of cancer patients. The community has supported the blood drives with 240 registrations to donate and 196 units donated, averaging 117 percent of the collection goal.
“With all the recent tragic events, just in the last year alone, it seems like blood is needed much more often,” said Bill’s son Brett Davenport who serves as the blood drive coordinator. “This is also a monumental year for us, five years strong! We’re all happy as a family to help out and make a difference.”
Everyone who registers to donate will receive the new ‘Blood Donors Don’t Moose Around’ T-shirt. The shirt is green and the design features an Alaska moose under a full moon in the snow-covered wilderness. Everyone age 18 and older will also be entered in the Community Blood Center ‘Wild About Alaska Adventure for Two Summer Blood Drive’ drawing to win a custom-designed Alaska vacation for two.
The grand prize includes air travel to Alaska, deluxe accommodations during your week-long stay, and options for a cruise or land travel. The vacation is for the winning donor and a travel companion.
Donors can double their chances of winning entering the drawing a second time when they register for a second donation during the May 2 through Sept. 3 blood drive period. Official rules are available at www.givingblood.org.
The summer of 2016 brings many challenges to maintaining the regional blood supply. High schools are on summer break, and nearly one fourth of all registrations to donate whole blood at CBC come from high school students. Family vacations, travel, and outdoor activities also disrupt donation schedules. In addition, new screening restrictions are impacting the number of people able to donate.
CBC and blood centers across the nation continue to take caution against the Zika virus. Potential donors who have traveled to Zika endemic areas in the Caribbean, Mexico and Central or South America are deferred from donating for 28 days. The restriction is expected to decrease the number of eligible donors by approximately 2.25 percent.
A change in FDA screening regulations went into effect May 23 to protect the health of donors. A higher hemoglobin level is now required for male donors. The 12.5 grams per deciliter (g/dl) requirement for donating has increased to 13.0 g/dl for males. (The female requirement remains at 12.5 g/dl).
CBC estimates the new hemoglobin requirement, coupled with stricter pulse screening requirements that also took effect May 23, could have an impact of up to six percent in the donor deferral rate.
Learn more at www.GivingBlood.org
Connect with Community Blood Center for the latest information and services at www.GivingBlood.org. Get fast and complete answers on how to make your first donation, organize a blood drive, or bring our education program to your school. Get all the updates in the CBC/CTS newsroom, find quick links to our social media pages, or schedule your next appointment to donate by connecting to www.DonorTime.com.
Reach the Community Blood Center at (937) 461-3412.