- Published on Tuesday, 30 July 2013 22:25
- Written by Super User
Three years ago 12-year-old Zack Mayo was diagnosed with liver cancer which was discovered after a tumor on his liver ruptured during a fall. The rupture caused a horrific bleed out that resulted in cardiac arrest among other medical complications. That day the team of doctors and professionals at New Hanover County Regional Medical Center saved Zack’s life. This would not have been possible without blood donors who supplied the 50+ units of blood Zack received during his first 24 hours in ICU.
Throughout the next year of his cancer treatment, Zack would receive countless amounts of blood and platelets. Sadly, the cancer proved to be too much for young Zack and he passed away on May 28, 2011. “Even though the cancer ultimately took his life, we are grateful for every moment we had with him and we know his life was extended thanks to generous blood donors,” said Wendy Mayo, Zack’s mother.
In memory of Zack, a blood drive is being held in his honor on Wednesday, July 31 from 1:30-7:00pm at Parsley Elementary School (where Zack attended K-5th grade) located at 3518 Masonboro Loop Rd, Wilmington.
Those interested in donating blood can make an appointment at redcrossblood.org/make-donation and use sponsor code PARSLEY or call Shannon Pipkin at 910-443-0534.
The American Red Cross issued an emergency request for platelet and blood donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give because many fewer donations than expected were received in June and the first week of July.
Nationwide, donations through the Red Cross were down approximately 10 percent in June, resulting in about 50,000 fewer donations than expected. The shortfall is similar to what the Red Cross experienced in June 2012.
Schedule an appointment or visit a blood drive near you and help save lives by calling1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org to schedule a blood donation appointment.
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 @RedCross.