Matthew Offers Jr Memorial Blood Drive
Heath City Schools and the Offers Family will host a community memorial blood drive with the American Red Cross on Saturday 7/30 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Heath High School
For more information or to make an appointment to donate, call 800-733-2767 or sign up online at redcrossblood.org with sponsor code HeathHS
Heath City Schools and the Offers Family is committed to strengthening our local community and helping meet hospital and patient needs through blood donations,” said Matthew Offers. “This memorial blood drive is our way of giving an opportunity to help save lives in our son’s name
Matthew was born with a CHD called Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). This resulted in 4 heart surgeries and many heart caths. When Matthew was 6months old, he suffered from a major stroke that impacted most of the left brain. Due to his heart condition, he did develop protein losing enteropathy (PLE). Which can cause its own set of issues and the continuing need of Albumin Infusions when the level of Albumin drops below normal levels. Then at age 6 in Aug2016, he developed clots in his lower aorta artery which caused him to lose part of his intestines, but there was another clot that busted off and went to his brain and this time impact the other side of the brain which took his ability to speak, movement away. But he was still able to get some ways of communicating back by eye glazes, laughter, crying and he survived another 2 yrs. Matthew passed away 2 days after his 9th birthday on Sept 16, 2018
Matthew had the most amazing attitude and a light from within that was contagious. He loved being around people, be it from school, church, or just the local neighborhood. He always wanted to try new things and never let his original stroke or heart condition stop him. He also loved being outside if at all possible even after the 2nd stroke. He was your typical boy who loved picking on his 3 older sisters, his mustang power wheel, throwing his frisbee around the yard, and dancing with his mom (especially when Ed Sheran came on). He developed a friendship with Urban and Shelly Myer. When Matt was
at Nationwide Children’s hospital during Christmas time the last 2 years of his life, Urban and the football team would come in and give gifts to the patients. Matt would always smile and get excited. He knew of Urban from all the times Matt would watch Ohio State Football games. Urban came to visit Matt a few weeks before his 9th birthday, but he also stopped by 1 more time on his birthday as well.
If it was not for all the donors that gave their blood. Matt would have never had the needed blood or albumin to sustain life and do as much as he did. And through this new event, we can provide this same opportunity to others through Matt’s name”
Blood is a perishable product that can only come from volunteer blood donors. With someone in the U.S. needing blood every two seconds, blood products must be constantly replenished, according to the Red Cross.
“We urge community members to donate blood and help ensure that patients in local and Children hospitals have a supply of blood ready and waiting before an emergency occurs. There’s no better feeling than knowing that your blood donation may give someone a second chance at life.”
According to the Red Cross, donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative.
Directions to your Event:
High School Gymnasium