Wauzeka-Steuben High School hosts third annual blood drive in memory of John Peloch
WAUZEKA, Wis. - On Feb. 8, the Wauzeka-Steuben High School National Honor Society invites community members to donate blood with the American Red Cross at the Third Annual John Peloch Memorial Blood Drive. John received several blood transfusions while undergoing chemotherapy, but lost his courageous battle with cancer in January 2011.
“Giving blood is an easy way to make a big difference. Patients like John are able to spend more time with their loved ones because someone chooses to donate,” said NHS advisor and volunteer blood drive coordinator Heather Luster. “Our students take pride in giving back to their community and we’re honored to work with members of John’s family in supporting the third annual blood drive in his memory.”
In 2009, John was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma with acute leukemia. He underwent extensive chemotherapy treatments and a stem cell transplant at the University of Wisconsin Hospital before passing away on Jan. 22, 2011. After graduating from Wauzeka-Steuben High School in 2002, John worked as a journeyman plumber for eight years. He is remembered as an outgoing and loyal husband, son and friend who loved watching the Milwaukee Brewers.
Those interested in scheduling an appointment for the Feb. 8 blood drive can visit redcrossblood.org or call Heather Luster at 608-875-5311 ext. 270. All blood types are needed to ensure an adequate blood supply. Donors with types O negative and B negative blood are especially encouraged to give.
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.