The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive in memory of local area resident Whitney Cline Friday, Aug. 23. The drive will be held at Mt Juliet Community Center Meeting Room at 1075 Charlie Daniel’s Parkway from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Whitney was born in the small town of Harriman. When she was 15 years old, Whitney moved to Nashville with her parents. She attended Mt. Juliet High School and transferred to McGavock High School her junior year. Despite the academic change, throughout her high school years, Whitney remained a dedicated member of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps.
Whitney graduated high school and two years later, had her first and only child, Parker Ryan-Dakota Cline. She spent the next 6 years raising her son with unwavering love and dedication.
Feb. 26, 2011 Whitney was admitted to Summit Hospital with pneumonia. Whitney’s sister, Courtney Keaton tells the American Red Cross doctors told their family Whitney would only be in the hospital for a couple days. Tragically, that was not the case.
Feb. 27, Whitney suffered an acute ischemic stroke due to an unforeseen blood clot. The next day, her brain began to swell from the trauma of the stroke. Doctors performed an emergency surgery to ease the swelling, but Whitney never regained consciousness.
Because Whitney believed in organ donation, she gave the gift of life when her own was taken away. Her heart, liver, pancreas and kidneys went to patients in need. Courtney was also a dedicated blood and platelet donors. To honor her sister, Keaton began holding an annual blood drive in memory of Whitney. “I decided to hold the drive every August because that is when she was born,” said Keaton. “Please help me honor my sister, and her memory by saving lives like she did. Thank you in advance.”
To schedule an appointment for this blood drive or any other American Red Cross blood drive, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767)
Most healthy individuals who are at least 17 years of age (16 with parental consent) and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds are eligible to donate blood. Individuals 18 years of age or younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.