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Blood drive dedicated to Scappoose man is April 4

by: FILE PHOTO - SpruteA blood drive in honor of a Scappoose man, who was severely burned in February after a 55-gallon drum he was cutting, igniting its contents, will be held from 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. April 4 at the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church behind Fred Meyer in Scappoose.

More than 75 percent of Brandon Sprute’s body was burned and he has already undergone nearly a dozen surgeries. The 21-year-old will likely endure several more due to complications with skin grafts, said Kim Buckmaster, one of the blood drive organizers working with American Red Cross.

“We’re trying to collect as many units of blood as Brandon is going to use,” Buckmaster said. “And he’s gone through a lot of blood.”

She’s hoping at least 80 people schedule donation appointments.

The blood drive is dedicated to Sprute, but the blood itself could go to many different patients. According to the American Red Cross, donated blood is separated into its components to go to different products and be transfused to more than one patient. Red blood cells can go to people suffering from severe blood loss while shock and trauma patients often need plasma. Platelets help patients in cancer treatment.

The Red Cross provides nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, collecting more than 6 million units a year from volunteer donors and providing it in 3,000 of hospitals nationwide through its national network.