Walk for Wheezy Blood Drives

Be a friend and give blood with Arkansas Blood Institute at the Walk for Wheezy Blood Drives!

Arkansas Blood Institute will hold two blood drives to support Walk for Wheezy, a non-profit organization that raises funds and awareness for Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Click on a location below to make your appointment:


Each blood donor will receive a t-shirt inspired by the hit sitcom “Friends.” Donors will also receive a complimentary admission to Museum of Discovery in Little Rock.*

Walk for Wheezy is named for Eloise Ann “Wheezy” Owen, of Cabot, who was born with a severe heart defect, and had numerous open-heart surgeries and blood transfusions.  Wheezy was fearless and loved dancing and sports. 

Sadly, Wheezy died at the age of nine in 2016, following a series of pulmonary hemorrhages. Walk for Wheezy raises funds and awareness for Arkansas Children’s Hospital, which treats children with similar medical conditions.

“February is Heart Awareness Month, and this is a special event to help young patients in Arkansas who rely on blood,” said Mario Sedlock, executive director of Arkansas Blood Institute. “We are honored to have this opportunity to support Walk for Wheezy, and to support families dealing with congenital heart disease and defects.”

As a non-profit blood center, Arkansas Blood Institute’s generous donors provide every drop of blood needed for patients in more than 40 hospitals statewide, including Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

*16-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission; 17-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds; 18+ year olds must weigh at least 110 pounds. Photo ID Required.

Be a Friend! Give Blood.

Be a friend and give blood with Arkansas Blood Institute!

Blood donors will receive a free, limited edition, t-shirt inspired by the hit sitcom “Friends” when they give blood starting February 1 through April 30.*

In February only, LITTLE ROCK & RUSSELLVILLE area donors only will also receive one complimentary adult admission to the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock.

In February & March, FORT SMITH area donors only will also receive one complimentary admission voucher to Frontier City Theme Park in Oklahoma City for use during Frontier City’s SPRING dates.**

“Voluntary blood donation is one of the most selfless acts someone can do—being a friend to a stranger and giving hope, healing and comfort during a life-threatening health crisis,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Arkansas Blood Institute. “We encourage healthy adults, age sixteen and older, to ‘be there’ for others in our community by giving blood.”

Every two seconds, someone needs blood, and the supply must be constantly renewed. One blood donation only takes about an hour and saves up to three patients’ lives. If donors opt not to take the t-shirt, Arkansas Blood Institute will make a monetary donation to Global Blood Fund for blood center assistance in developing countries.

Appointments to give blood are not required but can be made by clicking here to search for blood drives in your area or calling (877) 340-8777.

Or you can stop by one of our donor centers in:
Fort Smith
Hot Springs
Little Rock
North Little Rock
Russellville

*16-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission; 17-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds; 18+ year olds must weigh at least 110 pounds. Photo ID Required to give blood.

**Frontier City voucher must be redeemed online at yourbloodinstitute.org. Valid only for successful blood donors. Valid one day only March 14 through March 22 and on these select dates: March 28 & 29 and April 4 & 5.  Not valid for special events or park exclusives. Ticket has NO CASH VALUE. Please check Frontiercity.com for dates and hours of operation.

   

FEEL GOOD. GIVE GLOBALLY.

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Global Blood Fund Earth BallDonate now and support Global Blood Fund.  Just forgo your donor recognition item offered in appreciation for your donation.  In turn, Arkansas Blood Institute will make a monetary contribution of similar value to support Global Blood Fund. 

In this way, donors can doubly give - both by donating life-saving blood used locally, and by assisting blood centers in developing countries with supplies.

Support has been provided to blood centers in countries such as Kenya, Zimbabwe, Haiti, Mexico, Japan, Georgia and Armenia.

 

FEEL ESSENTIAL. GIVE BLOOD.

It is critical that O-negative donors donate regularly since only 9% of the population has this blood type, and can only receive this same blood type.

Having O-negative blood available is vital because it can be used by any person in the 40 medical facilities we serve who may be in urgent need but whose blood type hasn’t yet been identified.

Imagine if a family member, friend or co-worker was in urgent need of blood. Donating every 56 days, and encouraging others with O-negative blood type to do the same, ensures your loved ones would receive the life-saving blood when they need it.

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