Blood drive in Bristol held in man's memory

Kyle Kubina

BRISTOL — The community has been invited to give blood in memory of Kyle Kubina at a special American Red Cross blood drive held in his honor from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at Pinnacle Transport in Bristol.

Kubina was an outdoorsman who loved to hike, camp and ski. He was a model of fitness, but was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a form of cancer, on April 13, 2018. He underwent two brain surgeries and a clinical trial as part of treatment, but lost his battle with cancer in March 2019. He was 38.

Blood and platelet transfusions are critical for those undergoing treatment for cancer.

The Kubina family and Pinnacle Transport Group are inviting the community to give blood in honor of Kyle to help those battling cancer.

“Kyle fought like a champ for a year but ultimately lost his battle to terminal brain cancer,” said Bethany Kubina, Kyle’s sister and Pinnacle Transport Group employee. “We want to raise awareness about the benefits of donating blood to help cancer patients.”

“There are so many reasons why someone may need blood that we don’t even realize,” said Marla Miller, donor recruitment account manager for the Red Cross. “We take for granted that blood will be there at the hospital when we need it, but it can only come from generous volunteer donors. Giving blood in Kyle’s name is a wonderful way to honor him and potentially help others.”

This blood drive comes as the Red Cross is urging individuals to help ensure blood is never missing from hospital shelves by donating blood through the Missing Types campaign. Despite blood’s lifesaving role, only 3 out of 100 people in the U.S. give blood each year. The goal of Missing Types is to inspire new and current blood donors to give this summer and help fill the missing types.

Every two seconds in the United States blood is needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. The Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 blood and platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,500 hospitals nationwide, including 80 hospitals in Indiana.

Pinnacle Transport Group is at 13927 C.R. 4.

How to donate

Donors can download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, donors can visit RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

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