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Blood drive to be held in Union, Mo. in memory of local teenager

Missouri-Illinois

October 25, 2013
 

Zac Wildhaber was killed in 2012 crash

    

UNION, Mo. (Oct. 26, 2013) – Family and friends of Zac Wildhaber are turning the tragedy of the teen’s death into an opportunity to help save lives. They are joining St. Joseph Neier Catholic Church, the American Red Cross and Zac’s Challenge, an organization created in Wildhaber’s memory, to host a blood drive on Nov. 9.

 

Wildhaber was 17 when he died following a car accident in February 2012. His mother, Amy Wildhaber, says even though blood products weren’t able to help her son, they could help others in need.

 

“Donating blood is a great thing to do that could help save lives,” she said. “Through Zac’s Challenge we already encourage organ donation, and blood donation is a part of that.”

 

Zac Wildhaber Family and Friends Blood Drive

Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Joseph Neier Catholic Church

2401 Neier Road in Union, Mo.

 

Blood collected at the Zac Wildhaber Family and Friends Blood Drive may help accident victims, cancer patients and other patients in need. To learn more about Zac’s Challenge, visit zacschallenge.com or Zac’s Challenge on Facebook.  

 

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code Zac 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.