Titans to help tackle fall blood supply shortages

Blood Drive Honors Elise Reinfeldt, Daughter of Titans' General Manager

NASHVILLE, TN, Oct. 21, 2008 — **Thirteen year old Elise Reinfeldt is an eighth grader at Christ Presbyterian Academy.  She's a cheerleader, a soccer player and a cancer survivor.

In July 2006, Elise was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia is a type of blood cancer. It is the most common type of cancer in children under age 15.

Elise failed two rounds of chemotherapy, underwent radiation treatment and received blood transfusions to save her life. But the cancer was so aggressive that Elise required an immediate bone marrow transplant. Doctors quickly found a match, and on Nov. 17, 2006, Elise received a bone marrow transplant. Her one year check-up revealed the cancer was gone.

"As Elise has become healthier and is returning to a more normal life, it is easy to forget the suffering and tough times. Elise is committed to making sure we remember and care for those whose fight has not ended. Elise is well aware that blood donations are needed now more than ever," says Elise's mother Susan Reinfeldt.

Leukemia patients like Elise can require up to 100 units of red blood cells and 50 units of blood platelets throughout their course of treatment.

You can help save the lives of children like Elise Reinfeldt by donating blood in her honor on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Nashville Donor Center located at 2201 Charlotte Ave. in Nashville. For more information on blood donation, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.

All presenting donors during the month of October will have an opportunity to register for Tennessee Titans tickets to one of the following home games: • Monday, Oct. 27 – Indianapolis
• Sunday, Nov. 2 – Green Bay
• Sunday, Nov. 23 – New York Jets
• Sunday, Dec. 7 – Cleveland
• Sunday, Dec. 21 – Pittsburgh

Watch your favorite college football games on the big screen while you wait to give the gift of life. H.H. Gregg is supplying big screen televisions to the Red Cross for use during the blood drive. You will also receive a coupon for $50 off any item worth $499 or more at any H.H. Gregg store through Nov. 15, 2008.

You may also enjoy food courtesy of Backyard Burgers 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If you are at least 17 years of age, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and are in good general health, you may be eligible to donate blood. There is no upper age limit for blood donation. For more information or to find a blood drive near you, please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543.

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