Giving the gift of life

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Blood drive is in honor of former CKNJ employee

By The Staff

Taylor County residents supported a local man battling leukemia on Friday by giving blood in his honor.
James Roberts, Landmark employee and former CKNJ staff writer, has been hospitalized and receiving treatment after being diagnosed earlier this year with acute myeloid leukemia. Taylor Regional Hospital hosted a blood drive in Roberts' honor on Friday.
All blood types are currently needed, but especially O negative, B negative and A negative types. Type O negative blood, the universal blood type, can potentially be transfused to patients with any blood type.
An upcoming blood drive has been planned for Sunday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kroger on Campbellsville Bypass.
A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.
Those who are 17 years old, 16 with parental permission in some states, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.
High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
To donate, call (800) RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information.