Twin sisters, Remi and Julia Rosenthal, are hosting their 2nd Annual American Red Cross blood drive on Wednesday. Julia is a cancer survivor who was diagnosed with Wilms Tumor at 20 months old.
“We wanted to help plan and host a blood drive because my twin sister, Julia, had five blood transfusions while battling cancer,” says Remi. “This blood drive is our way of making sure someone else in need gets lifesaving transfusions, too.”
Julia and her sister, Remi, have committed themselves to doing mitzvot – the Hebrew word for “good deeds” – for the Red Cross, Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region because blood donations helped to sustain Julia during her cancer treatment.
“We enjoy hosting this blood drive each year, because it is unique to Remi and me, in our own special way, and it’s nice to know that it will benefit kids, teens and adults like me,” said Julia.
National Preparedness Month in September is a reminder that a readily available blood supply is critical for emergencies. It is important for communities to be prepared for emergencies of all types, including those that can disrupt blood drives or require blood or platelet transfusions. It’s the blood products on the shelves that help save lives when emergencies occur. To make an appointment, download the free Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Give blood in honor of the Rosenthal Twins
Tiferet Bet Israel
1920 Skippack Pike| Blue Bell, PA 19422
Wednesday, Sept. 28 | 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. | sponsor key word: Tiferet Bet Israel
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent 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.
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 @Red Cross.