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Special blood drive held in honor of Jared Jergenson Houston community encouraged to give blood

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014

HOUSTON, Minn. — An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Monday, Sept. 22 in honor of native Houston resident, Jared Jergenson. Jergenson, a Navy veteran and father of two small children, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in August 2013 and needed multiple blood transfusions during his treatment.

Jergensen began chemotherapy treatments immediately following the diagnosis. He had a bone marrow transplant, usuing his own cells, in January 2014, and a second bone marrow transplant in May 2014, using his sister’s cells. Jergensen received three blood transfusions during his treatment and is now recovering at home in Galesville, Wis.

“You can always count on Jared for a smile, or to help you out,” said Emily Spende, Red Cross employee and cousin of Jared. “Jared is a dedicated father, brother, son and friend. His recent health challenges have touched us all. Donating blood in his honor is a great way to help other families in their time of greatest need.”

Spende encourages all of Jared’s family and friends, as well as community members, to donate blood during this blood drive as a way to honor Jared. “You never know who you’re helping, or when, but the supply of blood needs to be available for patients in need. Let’s all get out to support Jared as he recovers and donate in his honor,” said Spende.

Donate Blood in Honor of Jared Jergenson

Monday, Sept. 22

1 - 7 p.m.

St. Mary’s Church

202 S. Sheridan St. in Houston, Minn.

Please call 1-800-RED CROSS or go to

to schedule a blood donation appointment.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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 more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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