Donate blood in memory of Jasper O’Keefe
STEVENS POINT, Wis. - Stevens Point-area community members are invited to donate blood with the American Red Cross in memory of Jasper O’Keefe, a 2012 graduate of Stevens Point Area Senior High who tragically passed away last summer in a drowning accident. Jasper was a regular blood donor whose friends and family remember him for his selfless nature and desire to help others.
“Giving blood is an easy way to help save a life and Jasper was the first to lend a hand to someone in need,” said Nancy Nowak, Jasper’s grandmother and volunteer blood drive coordinator. “By donating in my grandson’s honor, we can help turn a tragedy into something positive. Help celebrate the life of Jasper by giving someone a chance to spend more time with their loved ones.
Donations collected at the blood drives in memory of Jasper O’Keefe may be used for trauma victims – due to accidents and burns – heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, premature babies, patients with complications during childbirth, and for patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or other diseases, such as sickle cell disease. All blood types are needed to ensure an adequate blood supply.
How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.