Blood Drive to Honor Car Accident Victim from Kansas City
Kansas City Native Rebecca Egender Critically Hurt in 2009 Crash
A Kansas City native with dreams of making it on the silver screen in Los Angeles almost never got the chance after a car accident in 2009 nearly claimed her life. Now, Rebecca Egender, 31, is inviting the community to donate blood to help save lives as a way of paying back those donors who helped save her life three years ago.
Eligible donors can help honor Egender’s fight for survival and help patients in need by making an appointment to donate blood with the American Red Cross on Sunday, Sept. 2, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at O’Hara High School at 9001 James A. Reed Road in Kansas City, MO.
In Los Angeles on May 31, 2009, Egender’s car was hit by a vehicle that had run a red light. Due to the extent of her injuries, Egender’s family was told she likely would not survive, and if she did, she would be paralyzed.
“I had several blood transfusions, two surgeries to install a stent in my aorta, a chest tube inserted, 13 broken bones - including 7 fractures in my pelvis - as well as liver, kidney, and spleen damage,” Egender said.
One of Egender’s surgeries could not begin until the hospital had enough blood on hand, and Egender said while she was waiting, a thought began to grow in her mind.
“It came to me: as a way of expressing gratitude to those who donated the blood that kept me alive and in an attempt to keep others from having to experience this terrifying waiting period before going into surgery, I would host an annual blood drive.”
Egender has since made good on that idea, sponsoring three blood drives in Los Angeles over the last three years. Now, she’s partnering with the Red Cross to bring a blood drive to her hometown of Kansas City on September 2 in the hopes of attracting more blood donors and potentially touching more lives.
“You have no idea how much not only the patient needing the blood is grateful, but their family and friends as well,” she said. “It is an extremely easy process, but the rewards are forever living in the lives you save.”
If you’d like to help save lives with Egender and the Red Cross on September 2, you can schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or visiting redcrossblood.org and entering sponsor code: EGENDER.
How to Donate Blood:
Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information or to make an appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors 18 and younger.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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.