Blood Drive in Memory of St. Louis Infant
Benjamin Schrieber Died as Result of Blood Disorder
A St. Louis boy who received attention from across the country before his death in 2009 is being remembered by family, friends, and the American Red Cross with a blood drive in his honor. The third annual Benjamin Schrieber Memorial Blood Drive is scheduled Sunday, Feb. 12, from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Concordia Lutheran Church at 505 S. Kirkwood Road in Kirkwood.
Benjamin was born with a blood disorder called Fanconi anemia, which depleted his bone marrow. While a bone marrow transplant at the age of one was successful, Benjamin’s body eventually suffered a multi-system failure, leading to his death at the age of 17 months.
During Benjamin’s treatment, he required several transfusions of platelets, the component of the blood that helps the body’s clotting process. A match of Benjamin’s blood type, AB negative, was not always easy to find, eventually prompting the boy’s grandmother to send an e-mail to family and friends, asking for any help they could provide. That e-mail began to circulate around the country, receiving responses from strangers offering encouragement and ways to help.
Benjamin’s mother, Beth Schrieber, said the outpouring of support she witnessed for her son is the reason her family is encouraging others to continue donating to help those in need.
“Benjamin was never without a need for platelets,” Beth Schrieber said. “What platelets he didn’t use, we were blessed to share with others. Now we want to keep that going.”
The Red Cross and blood drive organizers hope to collect 86 units of blood during the drive in Benjamin’s memory. Because each donation can help save up to three lives, over 250 lives could be positively impacted by the generosity of area donors.
To schedule an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.
How to Donate Blood:
Simply call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment today. 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 younger than 19. Visit redcrossblood.org to learn more.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.