American Red Cross to Hold Blood Drive in Memory of Bellaire Woman

BELLAIRE – The American Red Cross is scheduled to hold a blood drive in memory of Bellaire resident Allyson Martin from 12:30-6 p.m. Aug. 8 at Bellaire First United Methodist Church.

Martin was diagnosed with acute-myeloid leukemia the day after her 2012 graduation from Bellaire High School.

“Allyson immediately began treatment which consisted of chemotherapy, radiation, bone marrow transplant, and many blood and platelet transfusions,” said her mother, Amy Davenport.

A big sister to five, Martin was on her high school swim team, volunteered at her home church, and enjoyed reading and spending time with friends.

Martin died away on March 29, 2013, only 306 days after her diagnosis. Her family and friends invite the community to donate blood in memory of Allyson to help save the lives of other patients in need.

To make an appointment to donate, call 800-733-2767 or visit

On July 22, the Red Cross announced an urgent donor appeal to help prevent a looming blood shortage.

Eligible donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed at this time.

Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood.

Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients.

All presenting donors at any Red Cross blood drive during August will receive a coupon for $2.50 off the purchase of a 48 oz. container of Turkey Hill All Natural Ice Cream, while supplies last.

Blood donated during the Aug.8 blood drive will be used to support patients across the 100-county service area of the American Red Cross, Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region.

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.

Individuals who are 17 years old (16 with parental consent in Ohio), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, visit