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American Red Cross honors Wolcottville twins

The American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive in honor of Mike and Mark Padgett, identical twins who both have Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) and End Stage Renal Disease.

The blood drive will be held from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, at David Rogers Memorial Park. The park is located at 2355W 550S in Wolcottville.

Polycystic Kidney Disease is a kidney disorder passed down through families in which cysts form in the kidneys, causing them to become enlarged. End Stage Renal Disease is when the kidneys are no longer able to work at a level needed for day-to-day life.

The blood drive is being sponsored by Roxy Padgett, wife of Mike and sister-in-law of Mark. Roxy was in the process of being approved to be the kidney donor for her husband but was removed from the list when doctors discovered she has a small, non-malignant brain tumor and small aneurysm. Roxy says she is holding this event to bring awareness to the need for blood and organ donations.

To learn more about Mike and Mark Padgett, visit www.facebook.com/kidneydonationpadgett.

Community responsibility is based on the tradition of neighbor helping neighbor. The American Red Cross asks healthy people to give blood regularly to help meet the need for blood throughout the year. The need for blood is constant. Every two seconds someone needs a blood transfusion in the United States.

All blood types are needed, especially types O negative, A negative and B negative. Eligible donors with Rh negative blood types are encouraged to give double red cells where available. Double red cell donation is done with the help of an apheresis machine that collects red cells from the donor, but returns most of the plasma and platelets.

To schedule an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.