Two Rivers community blood drive to honor memory of Christopher Sauer
TWO RIVERS, Wis. - On Feb. 9, community members in the Two Rivers area are invited to donate blood through the American Red Cross at the Fifth Annual Christopher Sauer Memorial Blood Drive. Twenty-year-old Christopher died in April 2008 as a result of a severe motorcycle accident, and his surviving friends and family members will host a blood drive to honor his memory just prior to Feb. 16, what would’ve been Christopher’s 25th birthday.
“Christopher believed in saving lives as a blood and organ donor, and our family chose to keep his memory alive by hosting a blood drive each year in his memory,” said Michael Sauer, Christopher’s father. “Our son had a gentle soul, a heart of gold and lived life to the fullest, so let us help others live longer, fulfilled lives by donating blood. Help us reach our goal of 100 pints of blood for Christopher’s fifth and final memorial blood drive.”
Christopher was a 2006 Two Rivers High School graduate and served as a member of the U.S. National Army Guard. He accepted an electrician apprenticeship and enrolled in Fox Valley Technical School just prior to his passing. The Sauer family would like to thank their relatives, friends and fellow community members for donating blood, volunteering their time and supporting Christopher’s memorial blood drive for the last four years. Those interested in scheduling an appointment for the Feb. 9 drive can visit redcrossblood.org or call Michael Sauer at 920-794-7520.
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.