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ASHLEY — An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Thursday in honor of Pittston area resident Kristy DeRome Gombeg, who suffers from a blood disorder called Thalassemia.


“Kristy is always doing stuff for others, so I felt having a blood drive in her honor would be a great way to recognize all she’s done, while following in her footsteps of helping others,” said Amanda Stashak, a friend of Gombeg.


Thalassemia is a genetic blood disorder in which the body makes an abnormal form of hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen. The disorder leads to life threatening anemia which can only be managed with regular blood transfusions.


”The Pittston community is ready to join that long list of everyday heroes by rolling up their sleeves in support of Kristy and others who need life-saving blood products,” said Colin Riccobon, external communications manager, Northeastern Pennsylvania Blood Services.


The drive will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Wesley Village Irene Raeder Center, 209 Roberts Road, Pittston.


To make an appointment, donors are asked to call 1-800-RED CROSS or go to redcrossblood.org.


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 of age (16 with parental consent in some states), 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.

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