Robert ‘Bob’ Young was known as a jack-of-all-trades and a hard worker. After serving in the U.S. Marines during the Vietnam War and receiving a Purple Heart, Young owned two local businesses – the Hog House, a bike shop, and Monticello Tool and Cutter – and was a master tool grinder for more than 30 years.
In the summer of 2016, Young’s family noticed changes in his day-to-day routine. He exhausted easily, and his workdays gradually became shorter and shorter. In August 2016, he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML).
While waiting for a bone marrow transplant, Young received many blood transfusions. Months went by and doctors believed that he would be healthy enough to receive the transplant. Following a final bone marrow biopsy, doctors determined that the surgery would not be effective. On May 10, 2017, Bob passed away at home, just a few days after being put in hospice.
“Blood transfusions gave my dad the strength to live and fight AML – they were the reason why he was with us for nine more precious months,” said Young’s son, Raymond Young. “Blood transfusions were the only thing that kept my father alive! Please come out and donate blood for Bob!”
On August 8, to celebrate his life and continue his legacy of service, Young’s family invites the community to give blood in his name from 1 to 7 p.m. at River City Extreme, 3875 School Blvd. To make an appointment to donate in Young’s honor, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App or visit RedCrossBlood.org and use sponsor code Bob or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
“I can’t think of a better way to give back to the community that was so supportive of my father and his businesses through the years,” said his son. “Donating blood in his name is an opportunity to pay it forward and help save the lives of others in need of blood transfusions.”
Blood drive safety precautions
To protect the health and safety of Red Cross staff and donors, individuals who do not feel well or who believe they may be ill with COVID-19 should postpone their donation.
Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.
About blood donation
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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.
Blood and donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.