Blood drives in need of donors in Bayonne

The blood donations help patients in need of convalescent plasma therapy

The pandemic has increased the need forblood.
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The pandemic has increased the need forblood.

A number of blood drives will be held in Bayonne, including one to honor the late Michael Romano.

Meeting an urgent need

The Red Cross will hold a blood drive on Dec. 10 from 3 to 8 p.m at Grace Lutheran Church at 836 Avenue C.

Amid the new surge in COVID-19 cases, the Red Cross is becoming increasingly concerned about the nation’s blood supply. Eligible donors are urged to make an appointment to donate blood now to help patients in need.

Make an appointment using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

The Red Cross is testing all blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies to help provide insight to donors about possible prior exposure to this virus. Donors will receive results within one to two weeks through the Red Cross Blood Donor App or on the donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org.

As part of this effort, plasma from whole blood donations that test positive for COVID-19 antibodies will help current COVID-19 patients in need of convalescent plasma therapy. Each week, blood donors with antibodies contribute between 350-500 units of potentially lifesaving convalescent plasma for patients in need.

The Red Cross is not administering COVID-19 tests.

From Nov. 15 through Dec. 15, Suburban Propane is offering blood, platelet and plasma donors a chance to win an Outdoor Living Experience. The prize includes a propane-powered pizza oven, fire pit, outdoor heater, and stipend toward propane.

Remembering Michael

Other blood drives from the New Jersey Blood Services, a division of the New York Blood Center, have been held in the city in recent weeks.

“A recent blood drive, done in the memory of Michael Romano, saw 59 donors provide enough blood for 159 patients!,” Mayor Davis said. “We are asking that you come out for the next blood drive.”

Michael Romano was four and a half years old when he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a pediatric cancer. During treatment, he underwent chemotherapy, surgery, radiation, stem cell transplants, and experimental therapies.

Michael received hundreds of blood transfusions over the course of seven years. The community rallied around him, making direct blood donations while he was hospitalized.

Sadly, Romano died on Oct. 21, 2005. He was 11 years old. A student at Midtown Community School, he loved to fish. He also loved basketball and played for the Bayonne Cal Ripken League.

“Thank you to all who support these drives in Michael’s memory!,” Davis said.

Upcoming opportunities

While the memorial blood drive for Romano was held on Nov. 19, another NJBS blood drive will take place on Dec. 17 from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Bayonne Museum at 229 Broadway.

Make an appointment at nybc.org/donate. The group code is 70813. Appointments can also be made by calling or texting 917-699-9073.

Bring NYBC donor card or ID with name and photo; eat before donating.

Donors must wear face masks, will have their temperature taken, and must be 14 days symptom free if recovered from COVID-19.

Donors who tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 14 days or are currently self-quarantining may not donate.

COVID-19 testing will not be available at the blood drive.

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