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Kelso hosts blood drive

March 14 event will be held in honor of Tracy Hoyle of Boring, a two-time heart transplant survivor


The Boring and Sandy communities are invited Friday, March 14, to help save lives in honor of a local resident who has survived two heart transplants.

Due to a condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a disease that causes excessive thickening of the heart muscle, Tracy Hoyle of Boring has had two heart transplants and a kidney transplant in the past 12 years.

In honor of Hoyle’s fighting spirit and the organ and blood donors who are the reason she’s alive today, Kelso Elementary School and the American Red Cross are hosting a blood drive from 1:30-6:30 p.m. Friday. The blood drive will be held at Kelso Elementary, 34651 S.E. Kelso Road in Boring.

According to the American Red Cross, a heart transplant patient uses an average of four to six units of red blood cells, and a kidney transplant patient usually requires two units of red cells. One transplant unit is equal to one bag, so donations are always needed.

Appointments are recommended for the blood drive and can be made by calling 1-800-RED-CROS (733-2767) or online at redcrossblood.org by using the sponsor code: Kelso Elementary.

More questions concerning donation eligibility can be answered at the American Red Cross Hotline, 1-800-236-3276.