Shelby Leonhard Memorial Blood Drive @ Academy Of The Sacred Heart - Mater Campus, New Orleans [14 March]

Shelby Leonhard Memorial Blood Drive

07:00 - 17:00

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Academy Of The Sacred Heart - Mater Campus
4301 Saint Charles Avenue Nims Fine Arts Center, New Orleans, Louisiana 70115
In partnership with the Ochsner Blood Bank, the Academy of the Sacred Heart will host the Shelby Leonhard Memorial Blood Drive on Wednesday, March 14 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Nims Fine Arts Center on the school's campus (4301 St. Charles Ave.). All blood will go toward filling blood needs throughout the community. Note that you must have 8 weeks between blood donations, so if you're planning to to make a donation within the next 2 months, please schedule your visit with Sacred Heart. All donors will receive a Shelby Leonhard memorial t-shirt, a Blood Bank t-shirt, mini-physical and cholesterol test.

Are You Eligible To Donate?
— Must be 17 years and older and must weigh 110 lbs to donate
-Must be 16 years old and must weigh 120 lbs and have written parental consent
— Have not donated blood in the last 8 weeks
— Have received no blood products for one year
— Have no history of hepatitis past age 10
-Have had no tattoos or acupuncture in the last year

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Shelby's Story:
In January 2011, Shelby Leonhard, who was an eighth-grader at ASH, was diagnosed with a rare form of Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The only option to save her life was to be placed on an ECMO machine, which required an incredible amount of blood products to work. To complicate matters, Shelby's blood type of A- was rare and necessary to run the machine. As a response to the critical need for blood supply, the quest for donors began.

In these situations, it is important to look for silver linings, and one of the many that stands out was the incredible outpouring the Leonhard family received from the ASH community and the community at large. Since that time, the Leonhard family has become advocates for blood donation, and the Shelby Leonhard Memorial Blood Drive at Sacred Heart has become their way to give back to the community that helped them in their time of need. It's an incredible legacy to an incredible girl.

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