Heather Reid memorial blood drive is Aug. 7

Aug 01, 2014

Community members can honor the life of an Asheville woman, Heather Reid, by giving a gift that could help save a life. Twelve American Red Cross blood drives will be held in her memory, Aug. 4-8. All presenting blood donors will receive a Red Cross T-shirt and a Chili’s coupon.

In June 2008, Heather Reid lost her fight with cancer. During her illness, she received numerous blood and platelet transfusions. While pregnant with her daughter, Kylie, Heather underwent chemotherapy, which suppressed Kylie’s bone marrow. Kylie was born six weeks early and also received multiple blood and platelet transfusions. Kylie is now a healthy 6-year-old girl.

“We want to honor Heather and give back to the community at the same time, because doing for others is exactly what she did,” said Heather’s husband, Jim Reid. “Even if people didn’t know her, it’s important to understand how critical blood products were to prolong Heather’s life and allow Kylie a chance to survive. You never know when you or your family member will need blood like they did, and you can’t just assume the blood will be there.”

Currently, the Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage, leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give.

The blood drive will be in Waynesville from 1 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, at First United Methodist Church, located at 566 S. Haywood St. To make an appointment to donate, call 734-6616 or visit www.redcrossblood.org, sponsor code: chilis.