October 16, 2012 |

Replenishment blood drive for cyclist attacked on S.S.

On Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Central Blood Bank is hosting a blood drive in honor of Colin Albright, who was attacked on the South Side of Pittsburgh on Sept. 5.

The drive will be held at Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community, 2700 Jane Street in South Side.

While riding his bicycle home from work, Mr. Albright, 25, was stabbed multiple times by a still-unidentified person in South Side. He was treated at UPMC Mercy for a slashed throat and stab wounds to his back, shoulders, head and neck.

Because of the severity of his injuries, Mr. Albright lost between one-third and one-half of his blood volume and had to receive multiple blood transfusions.

Mr. Albright works as a bicycle mechanic at Pro Bikes in Squirrel Hill and previously worked as a bike messenger for Jet Messenger. He and his wife, Carina Kooiman, who is also an avid cyclist, live on the South Side and attend Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community, which has scheduled this special blood drive to help replenish the community blood supply from which Colin used immediately after this incident.

This drive also offers the opportunity to join Be The Match®, the national registry for bone marrow donors, by completing paperwork and submitting a mouth swab. Be The Match is focusing its recruitment efforts on individuals ages 18 to 44 because transplant doctors request donors in this age range more than 90 percent of the time.

However, support from donors of all ages is still needed. If interested in donating, log on to centralbloodbank.org to schedule an appointment using sponsor code ZRTN0968, or call Marcy at 412-209-7067. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Blood donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with signed parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health. Most medications are accepted.

Proper ID is required to donate blood. A Central Blood Bank or military ID, driver's license or employee badge with picture and full name are all approved forms of ID. A birth certificate along with a picture ID that includes the donor's full name will also be accepted.

Established in 1951, Central Blood Bank is a not-for-profit organization. Central Blood Bank distributes 400,000 blood products annually to approximately 40 hospitals in western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio in meeting the need for patient transfusion therapy. The need for blood is constant, yet fewer than five percent of eligible donors regularly donate.

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