Hartland community blood drive to honor memory of Jack Bartosz and Christopher Schraufnagel
HARTLAND, Wis. - The American Red Cross invites Hartland-area community members to donate blood on Feb. 16 in memory of Jack Bartosz and Christopher Schraufnagel, two young boys who lost their lives to childhood cancer last summer. Jack and Christopher received multiple blood transfusions while undergoing chemotherapy treatment and their mothers, Sarah Bartosz and Lisa Schraufnagel, organized a memorial blood drive to support patients affected by cancer in honor of their sons.
“Jack squeezed more living into his 10 years than most people do in decades. As our family continues to share stories, memories, and thoughts of our special boy, we hope others will donate blood to give hope and prolong the lives of other patients who are currently battling cancer,” said Sarah, Jack’s mother.
“Christopher relied on donated blood. Without volunteer donors, he wouldn’t have had a fighting chance, but we’re thankful for the moments we were able to spend with our smiling and courageous son,” said Lisa, Christopher’s mother. “He was an inspiration to everyone he encountered and we look forward to honoring his memory by hosting a blood drive in our hometown.”
About Jack (left) - Ten-year-old Jack passed away Aug. 27, 2012, after battling stage IV, high-risk neuroblastoma for nearly seven years. During his treatment and subsequent relapses, Jack managed to stay positive with his simple and honest philosophy, “People, you just gotta believe. Be happy.”
About Christopher (right) - At age 8, Christopher passed away June 27, 2012, after battling an aggressive medduloblastoma brain tumor which relapsed with cancer cells that spread throughout his body. Despite his struggle, Christopher managed to smile every day.
Those interested in making a financial donation to support cancer research can learn more by visiting www.ibackjack.org. Blood is used for the treatment of cancer patients, trauma victims, transplant recipients, premature babies and more. One blood donation can help save as many as three lives and give patients a chance to spend more time with their loved ones. 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.