For Immediate Release


Contacts: Mary E. Davey - (201) 882-3776 - mdavey@arcbergen.org

Mary Buska - (201) 882-3748 - buskaM@redcrosshudsoncounty.org

60 Grand Avenue
Englewood, NJ 07631

February 3, 2005

The Honorable Michael J. Wildes, Mayor of Englewood, is pleased to announce that the American Red Cross, Bergen-Hudson Chapter is hosting a special blood drive on February 25, 2005. He is the Honorary Chairman of this blood drive. The blood drive will be held between 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at the American Red Cross Philibosian Training Center, located at 60 Grand Avenue in Englewood.

The American Red Cross has a unique program for African-American donors to combat the serious and painful condition, Sickle Cell Disease. This is an inherited blood disorder that causes anemia, lung tissue and organ damage as well as terrible pain. African-American participants can tag their blood donations to offer them to match children coping with this condition. It does not require more time or additional pints of blood to donate to this program.

Donations can also be made in honor of the Bergen-Hudson Chapter’s recent Chairman of the Board, John Uzzi. He has graciously discussed his current battle with leukemia and the frequent need for transfusions of platelets or whole blood used during chemotherapy to demonstrate the acute need for blood donors.

Most healthy people who are at least 17 years old and weigh 110 pounds or more are eligible to donate every 56 days. Donating takes about one hour which includes completing a brief medical history. In Pennsylvania and New Jersey, an average of 2,000 blood products is needed each day in order to adequately treat patients.

To join Mayor Wildes and make an appointment for the Red Cross blood drive on February 25th or to answer any question you may have, please call Mary Buska at (201) 882-3748, or visit www.pleasegiveblood.org . Mayor Wildes stated, “Your one pint of blood can assist up to three persons. This is a remarkable gift that directly saves lives.”

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Paid for by Friends of Michael J. Wildes, Claudia Colbert, Treasurer