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Feb 13, 2014 3:25 PM by Faye DeHoff

Blood drive to be held in honor of missing Tucson woman

TUCSON - A blood drive will be held in honor of a Tucson woman who has been missing for six years.

The Arizona Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross will hold the drive in honor of Kay F. Read, who has been missing since February 15, 2008. Prior to her disappearance, she was a frequent blood donor.

Since February 2010, people have donated 699 units of blood at 23 blood drives in Read's honor. This will be the 24th blood drive organized by Read's sister, Mary R. Seagle of Tucson.

The drive will be Feb. 16 at the Broadway Donation Center, 7139 E. Broadway Blvd., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To schedule an appointment for the blood drive, contact Seagle at 520-603-2065 or visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: kayfread.

All those who attempt to donate will get a free shopping tote while supplies last.

Most healthy individuals who are at least 16 years old and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds are eligible to donate blood. Individuals 18 years of age and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.

The Arizona Blood Services Region serves 23 hospitals and must have 300 people donate blood or platelets each weekday to meet the needs of hospital patients.

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