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The American Red Cross is in desperate need of eligible blood and platelet donors in helping resupply their shelves after severe winter weather caused a cancellation of nearly 300 blood drives across 27 states.

The organization said more than 10,500 blood and platelet donations have been left uncollected since Dec. 1.

A regular donor, Jim Taylor who’s son, Aaron, was born with a rare liver condition, and received 115 transfusions in the short two months of his life, said he knows how it feels to have a loved one waiting for a transfusion.

“When the Red Cross says there is a shortage, they are not exaggerating,” said Taylor in a press release. “I now know from experience that what they are saying is somewhere there is a father waiting on the donation that will save his son’s life. When the Red Cross asks for help, what that means is a new dad is praying for a miracle.”

Through Feb. 28, donors in the central Ohio area can enter to win $2,000 in Kroger gift cards through the upcoming blood donation opportunities are scheduled throughout Franklin County.

Canal Winchester

  • 1/25/2017: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Revolution Realty Blood Drive, 25 E. Waterloo Street
  • 1/31/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., BrockStrong Foundation at Shade On The Canal, 300 Washington Street

Columbus

  • 1/20/2017: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 1/20/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Germain Automotive Company, 4300 Morse Crossing
  • 1/20/2017: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., OSU College of Nursing, 1585 Neil Avenue
  • 1/20/2017: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Riverside Methodist Hospital, 3535 Olentangy River Road
  • 1/20/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Hilliard Horizon Elementary School, 6000 Renner Rd
  • 1/21/2017: 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 1/21/2017: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Westbelt Blood Donation Center, 4327 Equity Drive
  • 1/22/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Our Lady of Peace Church, 40 E. Dominion
  • 1/23/2017: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Physics Research Building, 191 West Woodruff Avenue
  • 1/23/2017: 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., OSU RPAC, 337 Annie & John Glenn Ave
  • 1/23/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Westbelt Blood Donation Center, 4327 Equity Drive
  • 1/24/2017: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Nestor Hall, 550 East Spring Street
  • 1/24/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 1/25/2017: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Ohio State University Ohio Union, 1739 North High Street
  • 1/25/2017: 1:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 1/26/2017: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Parks Hall, 500 West 12th
  • 1/26/2017: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Ohio State University College of Dentistry, 305 West 12th Avenue
  • 1/26/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 1/26/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Barnes & Noble – South Campus Gateway, 1598 N. High St.
  • 1/26/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Westbelt Blood Donation Center, 4327 Equity Drive
  • 1/26/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., OSU Adventure Recreation Center (ARC), 855 Woody Hayes Dr.
  • 1/26/2017: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., Taylor Tower, 55 W Lane Ave
  • 1/27/2017: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 1/27/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., OSU Wilce Student Health Center, 1875 Milliken Road
  • 1/27/2017: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Ohio State University Ohio Union, 1739 North High Street
  • 1/27/2017: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., 18th Ave Library, 175 W. 18th Ave
  • 1/28/2017: 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 1/28/2017: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Westbelt Blood Donation Center, 4327 Equity Drive
  • 1/29/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Christ the King-Columbus, 2777 E. Livingston Ave
  • 1/30/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Westbelt Blood Donation Center, 4327 Equity Drive
  • 1/30/2017: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., OSU Park-Stradley, 120 W. 11th Ave
  • 1/31/2017: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., OSU Derby Hall, 1010 Derby Hall, 154 North Oval Mall
  • 1/31/2017: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road
  • 1/31/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 2/1/2017: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Agricultural Administration Building, 2120 Fyffe Road
  • 2/1/2017: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., OSU College of Public Health, 1841 Neil Ave.
  • 2/1/2017: 1:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 2/1/2017: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., Canfield Hall, 236 West 11th Avenue
  • 2/1/2017: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., IBEW-Local 683, 947 Goodale Ave.
  • 2/2/2017: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Siegel Center, 6001 East Broad Street
  • 2/2/2017: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Ohio State University Ohio Union, 1739 North High Street
  • 2/2/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 2/2/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Church of the Redeemer United Methodist, 235 McNaughten Road
  • 2/2/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Westbelt Blood Donation Center, 4327 Equity Drive
  • 2/3/2017: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 2/3/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Pfahl Hall, Pfahl Hall, 280 W Woodruff Ave
  • 2/4/2017: 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 2/4/2017: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Westbelt Blood Donation Center, 4327 Equity Drive
  • 2/4/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Second Baptist Church, 186 N 17th Ave
  • 2/5/2017: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Congregation Tifereth Israel, 1354 E. Broad Street
  • 2/6/2017: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., OSU Campbell Hall, 1787 Neil Ave.
  • 2/6/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., 18TH AVE LIBRARY, 175 W. 18th Ave, Science and Engineering Library
  • 2/6/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Westbelt Blood Donation Center, 4327 Equity Drive
  • 2/6/2017: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., St. Peter Church, St. Peter’s Church, 6899 Smoky Row Road
  • 2/7/2017: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Ohio State University Ohio Union, 1739 North High Street
  • 2/7/2017: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Scott Laboratory, 201 W. 19th Ave., Scott Laboratory
  • 2/7/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 2/8/2017: 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, 452 West 10th Avenue
  • 2/8/2017: 1:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, 452 West 10th Avenue
  • 2/8/2017: 1:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 2/9/2017: 6 a.m. – 1 p.m., iHeartMedia, 2323 W. Fifth Avenue
  • 2/9/2017: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., OSU Thompson Library, 1858 Neil Avenue
  • 2/9/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 2/9/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Westbelt Blood Donation Center, 4327 Equity Drive
  • 2/10/2017: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 2/10/2017: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Research Administration Building, 1960 Kenny Road
  • 2/10/2017: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., OSU Department of English, Denney Hall, 164 Annie & John Glenn Ave
  • 2/10/2017: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Ohio State University Ohio Union, 1739 North High Street
  • 2/10/2017: 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Westland Area Library, 4740 W. Broad Street
  • 2/11/2017: 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 2/11/2017: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Westbelt Blood Donation Center, 4327 Equity Drive
  • 2/11/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Easton Gateway/Dick’s Sporting Goods, 4304 Easton Gateway Drive
  • 2/12/2017: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Shamrock Club, 60 W Castle
  • 2/13/2017: 7 a.m. – 12 p.m., Doctors Hospital, 5100 West Broad Street
  • 2/13/2017: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., OSU ROTC-Converse Hall, 2121 Tuttle Park Drive, 153 Converse Hall
  • 2/13/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., OSU Faculty Club, 181 S. Oval Dr.
  • 2/13/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Doctors Hospital, 5100 West Broad Street
  • 2/13/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Westbelt Blood Donation Center, 4327 Equity Drive
  • 2/14/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Nestor Hall, 550 East Spring Street
  • 2/14/2017: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Stillman Hall, 1947 College Road, Stillman Hall
  • 2/14/2017: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Ohio State University Ohio Union, 1739 North High Street
  • 2/14/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 2/15/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Leo Yassenoff Jewish Center, 1125 College
  • 2/15/2017: 1:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Carriage Place Blood Donation Center, 4820 Sawmill Road
  • 2/15/2017: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., Evans Scholars House, 121 E. 16th Ave.

Dublin

  • 1/23/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Dublin Community Church, 81 W. Bridge St.
  • 1/24/2017: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., CheckSmart, 6805 Bobcat Way, Room 212
  • 1/28/2017: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Discover Christian Church, 2900 Martin Rd
  • 1/30/2017: 3:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., Dublin Baptist Church, 7195 Coffman Rd.

Gahanna

  • 1/20/2017: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 1/21/2017: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 1/23/2017: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 1/24/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 1/25/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 1/26/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 1/27/2017: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 1/28/2017: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 1/30/2017: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 1/31/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 2/1/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 2/2/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 2/3/2017: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 2/4/2017: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 2/4/2017: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., St Matthew the Apostle Church, 795 Havens Corners Rd.
  • 2/5/2017: 7:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., New Life Church, 3690 N. Stygler Road
  • 2/6/2017: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 2/7/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 2/8/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 2/9/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 2/10/2017: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 2/11/2017: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 2/12/2017: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Stonybrook United Methodist Church, 485 Cherrybottom Road
  • 2/13/2017: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 2/14/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane
  • 2/15/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Stone Ridge Blood Donation Center, 337 Stoneridge Lane

Grove City

  • 2/1/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Grove City Kingston Center Community Drive, 3226 Kingston Avenue
  • 2/15/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Mount Carmel Grove City, 5300 North Meadows Drive

Groveport

  • 2/13/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., St Mary’s Church Groveport, 5684 Groveport Road

Hilliard

  • 1/27/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Hilliard Public Library, 4772 Cemetery Road
  • 2/3/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. Brendan Church, 4475 Dublin Road
  • 2/8/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Hilliard Tharp Sixth Grade School, 4681 Leap Rd.

New Albany

  • 1/31/2017: 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., New Albany Surgical Hospital Foundation, 7277 Smiths Mill Road
  • 2/6/2017: 1:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., New Albany Methodist Church, 20 Third St.

Reynoldsburg

  • 2/6/2017: 9 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Ohio Dept. of Agriculture, 8995 E. Main Street

Upper Arlington

  • 1/21/2017: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Upper Arlington Lutheran Church, 2300 Lytham Rd.

Westerville

  • 2/2/2017: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Campus Center, 100 West Home Street
  • 2/2/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Westerville Community UCC, 770 County Line Rd.
  • 2/4/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State Street
  • 2/9/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Wilder Elementary, 6375 Goldfinch Dr.

Worthington

  • 1/26/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 600 High Street
  • 1/28/2017: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Old Worthington Library, 820 High Street
  • 2/7/2017: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Worthington Education Association, 200 East Wilson Bridge Road
  • 2/13/2017: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Worthington Presbyterian Church, 773 High Street
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Former OSU Linebacker partners with local CBD Company

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Former Ohio State University All-American linebacker, and NFL Fox analyst, Chris Spielman has announced a partnership with CBD Health Collection. Speilman was first introduced to the company while looking for solutions to his “nagging pain”, the result of injuries sustained throughout his football career. CBD Health Collection was founded in 2017 by Rick Bauer in conjunction with his son and daughter who run production and marketing respectively.

In conjunction with the new partnership, CBD Health Collection will be launching a Spielman branded line of CBD products targeted at former athletes and weekend warriors experiencing residual pain from sports. The new products will initially be available online as the company finalizes their retail distribution plans. 

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It’s no longer necessary to do squats outside of your gym, for now

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Gym rats rejoice! Those who’ve been missing the arduousness of wiping down salty equipment after each use or hoping that they come across some top-secret CIA information on the lockerroom floor are in luck.

Since the closing of all non-essential business on March 24, gyms have been void of protein shakes and Affliction t-shirts. Following a court order on Tuesday, workout facilities are now allowed to open their doors earlier than the previous May 26 ruling. Those who were adamant about getting leg day in while also exercising their first amendment rights will no longer have to do so outside of gym complexes.

Lake County Common Pleas Judge Eugene Lucci ruled on Tuesday that state and county health officials, including Ohio Director of Public Health Dr. Amy Acton and the Lake County General Health District, won’t be able to take any action against fitness facilities violating the original reopening date. This comes following a complaint filed by The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law on behalf of 35 Ohio gyms, including Columbus’ Ohio Strength.

The general public would be harmed if an injunction was not granted. There would be a diminishment of public morale and a feeling that one unelected individual could exercise such unfettered power to force everyone to obey," Lucci wrote in the injunction

"The public would be left with feelings that their government is not accountable to them. Prolonged lockdowns have deleterious effects upon the public psyche."

When Lt. Gov. Jon Husted announced several opening days this past Thursday, guidelines that gyms would have to follow to remain open were also outlined. Gyms, fitness centers, and dance studios must keep employees and clients six feet apart, which also includes equipment. Upon entering these facilities, everyone will be asked to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer. 

Fitness facilities will not be asked to close if they follow these guidelines.

This doesn’t mark the end of the lawsuit, though. Restrictions placed on fitness centers are being temporality lifted while the case makes its way through the court system. A successful lawsuit, however, could mean that gyms could sue the state for lost income.

“The ruling by Judge Eugene Lucci of the Lake County Court of Common Pleas explains that private property rights are fundamental rights in Ohio, and that the Ohio Department of Health has both violated those rights and exceeded its own authority,” according to a statement from Cincinnati-based Finney Law Firm.

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Pelotonia launches virtual program for 2020 event

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For the past 12 years, Pelotonia has raised hundreds of millions of dollars for cancer research with an annual three-day bicycle race. Due to current social distancing measures, riders will not be able to gather this year to trek across central and southern Ohio.

The non-profit cancer research organization, though,  has found a way to allow riders to participate virtually. Launching on June 2, My Pelotonia will allow participants to set their own fundraising and biking goals for the year in place of the three-day event. A fundraising requirement will not be required. 

“While so much has recently changed, the need for critical research funding and the goal of Pelotonia has not,” said Doug Ulman, Pelotonia President and CEO.

“My Pelotonia will be an experience that is more inclusive and personal with more ways to engage and participate than ever before.”

My Pelotonia is also encouraging families to participate. To make this more possible, Pelotonia has waived registration fees and an age requirement. The fundraising deadline has also been extended until October 31.

The program is also encouraging people to not just exercise on their bikes. Running, walking, and volunteering are just some of the activities that count toward a rider’s personal goal.

In lieu of the traditional Pelotonia Opening Ceremony, a live broadcast celebration will be held on August 7.

100 percent of every dollar raised will go toward providing critical funds for cancer research at the OSUCCC-James.

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