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Blood donations bring hope during the holidays


Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The holiday season is a time for people to reflect on what makes them grateful. Family, friends and good health come to mind for many.

Countless patients like Ethan Hoffart, however, strive for good health during the holidays, oftentimes in a hospital room, away from family and friends. Blood donations can bring them hope.

When Ethan was 10 years old, he spent most of the holiday season being treated for aplastic anemia, a disease in which the body’s bone marrow doesn’t make enough new blood cells. For four months Ethan was dependent on blood transfusions every seven days and platelet transfusions every three days.

“I probably wouldn’t even be here if no one gave blood,” he said. “The transfusions pretty much saved me.”

Thanks in part to volunteer donors, Ethan’s disease is under control, and he will be at home with his family for the holidays this year.

All blood types are needed, especially O negative, A negative and B negative. Appointments to donate with the American Red Cross and bring hope to patients in need can be made at redcrossblood.org or 1-800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation

opportunities:

Fillmore County:

•Nov. 26 from 2-7 p.m. at VFW Hall, 104 S. Broadway in Spring Valley, Minn.

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For mor .....
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Fillmore County Turkey Day Run celebrates fifth year

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

What are you doing on the morning of Thanksgiving Day? There will be a select few who will wake up around 7 a.m. and mentally prepare themselves to run 10.3 miles from Lanesboro to Preston on the Root River State Trail. This tradition has evolv ..... 
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Red Cross offers tips for a safe, yet spooky Halloween

Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ROCHESTER, Minn. — With Halloween right around the corner, the American Red Cross would like everyone to stay safe when donning costumes and going out to Trick-or-Treat. Halloween’s greatest hazards aren’t vampires and villains, but falls, cos ..... 
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Gundersen Health System offers tips for a healthy and safe Halloween

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Halloween is an exciting holiday for children, but since it’s high season for candy, it can also be an frustrating time for parents who encourage kids to eat healthy foods and make sweets a limited part of a balanced and nutritious diet. Valerie ..... 
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Red Cross invites eligible donors to give blood in honor of military members, veterans

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Veterans Day is November 11, and the American Red Cross invites eligible donors to schedule an appointment to give blood in November in honor of those who have served the country in the U.S. armed forces. Blood donated through ..... 
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Senior nutrition programs celebrate 40 years!

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Health & Wellness

Across Minnesota, Senior Nutrition Programs - often referred to as “Senior Dining” and “Meals on Wheels” - are celebrating their 40th year of service in the state. In July of 1973, the Governor’s Citizen’s Action Council on Aging award ..... 
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American Red Cross invites Americans to give something this holiday season

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ROCHESTER, Minn. — The American Red Cross kicks off its annual Holiday Mail for Heroes program on Monday and invites Americans to show their gratitude and best wishes for those who serve our country, vets and their families by sending holiday card ..... 
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Root River Trail user alert

Thu, Oct 17th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Beginning Oct. 17 and ending in mid-December bridge repair will be taking place on two trail bridges between Lanesboro and Fountain. For the most part the work will be taking place underneath the deck so interruptions for trail users will be few. Wa ..... 
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A cancer story: Striving for normalcy

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Health & Wellness

To Karla Strom, “A normal day is a good day.” These normal days are now appreciated much more since a discovery of breast cancer from a routine mammogram around February 28, 2013. Strom had no real symptoms and did not suspect that she would be ..... 
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