Husband and wife respond to critical need for blood

January 11, 2004

As a married couple with children grown and away from home, Harry and Alicia Nickens find themselves doing a lot of activities together. On Friday morning, they did something that is expected to help save the lives of at least six people.

The Nickenses began their Friday by donating blood at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center. The blood drive was held in conjunction with the Central Kentucky Blood Center and collected 36 units of blood.

"Giving blood is something we try to do as often as we can, and we felt an urgent need to do so now since the blood supply is at a critical level," said Nickens, president of the Ephraim McDowell Health Care Foundation.

Alicia, herself a registered nurse, said, "Giving blood is simple and takes less than an hour, but the gift lasts a lifetime for those individuals who receive it."


The Central Kentucky Blood Center has issued an urgent appeal for blood donations, specifically for Type O blood. Generally, individuals may donate blood as long as they are at least 17 years of age, weight at least 110 pounds and are in good health. Before donating blood, individuals' blood pressure, temperature, pulse and the level of iron in their blood are checked.

Upcoming blood drives that are open to the public and scheduled in Boyle County are as follows:

* 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Jan. 27 at Timberland.

* 8-11 a.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at Inter-County Energy.

* Noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 24 at Wal-Mart in Danville.

* 1-6 p.m. March 5 at McDowell Wellness Center.

* March 11 at Centre College from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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