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Blood donors urged to fill missing types to prevent summer shortage
give blood Jacqueline Rogers
Jacqueline Rogers’ open heart surgery was delayed when she was 8 years old due to a shortage of O negative blood. The American Red Cross is urging donors to bring back the missing A’s B’s and O’s by donating blood.

The _meric_n Red Cr_ss needs _l_ _d d_n_rs to bring back the missing A’s, B’s and O’s. A few missing letters may not seem like a big deal in a sentence, but for patients who need A, B, O and AB blood types, these missing letters mean life. The Red Cross urges donors of all blood types to give now to help prevent delays in medical care this summer.

Six years ago, doctors told Jacqueline Rogers’ family that there wasn’t enough type O negative blood available to perform her open-heart surgery. This news that her surgery was postponed was scary for Jacqueline, just 8 at the time, who was born with a congenital heart disorder. “No blood means no surgery. I thought I was going to die.” Fortunately, blood donors stepped up, and Jacqueline’s surgery was successfully completed a week later.

To draw attention that blood types sometimes do go missing from hospital shelves, A’s, B’s and O’s began disappearing on June 11 from iconic brand logos, social media pages, signs and websites as part of the Missing Types campaign. The campaign is raising awareness of the need for more blood donors.

While thousands of blood donors have answered the call to fill the Missing Types, more donors are needed now to help ensure patients don’t have to wait for blood products. During the summer, especially around holidays like Independence Day, donations often don’t keep pace with patient needs. The Red Cross is thanking all those who come to donate July 1-6 with an exclusive Red Cross Missing Types T-shirt, while supplies last.

Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767).

Upcoming donation opportunities in Great Bend:

July 1 - 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the American Legion, 1011 Kansas Ave.

July 9 - 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Price of Peace Parish Center, 4124 Broadway Ave.

July 15 - 11:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at St. Rose Auditorium, 1412 Baker Ave.