Today the American Red Cross presented one very lucky volunteer blood donor, Stephanie Levin, with a pair of tickets to Super Bowl XLVIII. Stephanie donated at a Red Cross blood drive in Manhattan in December 2013.
“I am very fortunate to be healthy and able to give blood to anyone who needs it,” said Levin, whose blood type is O positive.
All presenting blood donors at local “Super Community” blood drives between May 24, 2013 and January 17, 2014 had the opportunity to enter for a chance to win two tickets to Super Bowl XLVIII. These blood drives were organized in partnership with the New York and New Jersey Super Bowl Host Committee. This is the second time Levin, a resident of the Upper East Side, has given blood through the Red Cross.
Every two seconds someone in America needs blood. Eight-year-old Jacqueline Rogers is one example. Jacqueline was born with a congenital heart disorder and was scheduled to have open heart surgery in mid-January, but, her surgery was postponed due to a shortage of type O negative blood. Jacqueline and her parents decided to help raise awareness about the importance of donating blood so other patients don’t have to face a postponed surgery. Rogers had her surgery on January 22 and is home recovering.
The Red Cross also used the occasion to highlight the urgent need for blood donations during the winter months. Since the beginning of January, winter storms and freezing temperatures have resulted in more than 600 American Red Cross blood drive cancellations and nearly 20,000 uncollected blood and platelet donations. While thousands of people from across the country responded to the call for blood and platelet donations issued by the Red Cross earlier this month, there continues to be an urgent need for blood donors, especially type O negative.
Photo caption: L to R: Donna Morrissey, director, communications at American Red Cross Blood Services; Stephanie Levin, blood donor and Super Bowl tickets winner; and Josh Lockwood, CEO, American Red Cross Greater New York Region
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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossBloodNY.