Blood drive in Windsor man’s honor rescheduled for April 2

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A blood drive scuttled Saturday because of snow has been rescheduled until April 2 at Garth Englund Blood Center in Fort Collins. 

The drive was organized by friends of Nate Washam, a Windsor father and real estate agent who has been hospitalized since January suffering from a rare condition triggered by COVID-19. 

Washam has needed nearly a dozen blood transfusions so far, blood that has been donated to and supplied by the UCHealth Garth Englund Blood Centers. 

Donations of all blood types are needed, especially  A and O blood types and donations of platelets of all types.  

Platelets help patients with chronic diseases like cancer, blood disorders and transplants, and those who undergo major surgeries or suffer major injuries. Platelet donations take anywhere from 90 to 120 minutes.   

Those who have recently received a COVID-19 vaccine are eligible to donate 15 days after their vaccine was administered.  

How to help

The Nate Washam Community Blood Drive is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the UCHealth Garth Englund Blood Center, 1025 Pennock Place, Suite 104, in Fort Collins.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, no walk-ins are allowed. Sign-up https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0548a4a82fa1fc1-nate

However, if slots fill up, those who would still like to donate blood in  Washam’s name can call 970-680-8053 to schedule a donation in the next three weeks. 

Pat Ferrier is a senior reporter covering business, health care and growth issues in Northern Colorado. Contact her at patferrier@coloradoan.com. Please support her work and that of other Coloradoan journalists by purchasing a subscription today.