Annual Red Cross blood drive to commemorate Illinois child
Jordan Partridge died at age 11
JERSEYVILLE, Ill. (Sept. 5, 2013) – Family and friends remember him as a fun loving soccer fan who had a gift for making people laugh. Jordan Partridge was 11 years old when he died from lymphoma in May 2005 and on Sept. 19, his family will once again invite the Jerseyville community to donate blood in his memory.
“Everyone remembers Jordan as a kid who tried to make you laugh,” said his mother, Angela Partridge. “He was a fun, lovable kid.”
Jordan was diagnosed at the age of 10, and like most cancer patients, received blood products as part of his treatment. He died in the spring of 2005, and in September of that year his family held the first blood drive in his memory.
The annual Jordan Partridge Memorial Blood Drive is now in its eighth year, and Angela Partridge said it’s held as a way to keep her son’s memories alive.
“I always wanted to do something to remember him,” she said.
Annual Jordan Partridge Memorial Blood Drive
Sept. 19 from noon to 6 p.m. at the American Legion Hall
300 Veterans Memorial Parkway in Jerseyville, Ill.
Currently, eligible donors of all blood types, especially O negative, A negative and B negative, are needed for the Red Cross to readily meet patient needs. Donors who gave blood at the start of summer may now be eligible to donate again.
How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code JERSEYVILLECOMM 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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.