(Tampa, FL. April 25, 2016) Born with stage 4 chronic kidney disease, five year old Evan Ranieri underwent a kidney transplant in May 2013 at Tampa General Hospital (TGH). His mother Melissa was Evan’s living kidney donor. An anonymous blood donor was a silent hero on his surgical team. To celebrate Evan’s successful transplant and to help other patients needing blood transfusions, TGH is hosting a two day blood drive during April, National Donate Life Month.
In Honor Of Organ Donation
The Gift of Life
Received By Evan Ranieri
& Many Other Patients
Thursday, April 28
10AM – 3PM
Donor Room Set Up In B-104
Inside The Cafeteria
Friday, April 29
8AM – 1:30PM
Big Red Bus By Emergency Room Entrance
For Appointments Visit
Use Sponsor Code 11949
All donors will receive a ‘Courageous’ T-shirt, along with a wellness check-up of blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron count, plus a cholesterol screening!
People may also register their pledge to be an organ donor during these blood drives.
Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. Photo ID is required. To learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type visit oneblood.org.
Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion. Blood that is donated today will likely be transfused into a patient within two to three days. The turn-around is that fast, the need is constant.