American Red Cross blood drive in memory of St. Louis area woman
Donna Bangert died after battle with cancer
ST. LOUIS (May 10, 2013) – As an active member of her church and community, Donna Bangert made a habit of helping others. Bangert died in January after her fight with cancer, and family and friends are inviting others to keep Bangert’s spirit of giving alive by donating blood in her memory.
Bangert was diagnosed with cancer in September 2012 and received about 12 blood transfusions during her time in the hospital. This is not uncommon for cancer patients, some of whom receive daily transfusions as part of treatment.
“Blood isn’t only needed after natural disasters or major tragedies, it can be used by many patients,” said Amanda Bangert, Donna Bangert’s daughter. “We hope this blood drive shows others how important it is to give blood.”
Donna Bangert Memorial Blood Drive
May 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Salem Lutheran Church
8343 Gravois in St. Louis
Blood donated at the Donna Bangert Memorial Blood Drive could help many patients, including cancer patients, accident victims and those undergoing surgery.
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 permission 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.