Red Cross blood drive to commemorate St. Louis teen
Scott McPherson Jr. died in 2011 motorcycle crash
ST. LOUIS (May 31, 2013) –Friends and family of Scott “Scotty” McPherson Jr. remember him as a caring man, a gifted athlete and someone to count on in times of need. A blood donor and a posthumous organ donor, McPherson took pride in his donations, and often bragged about how each of his blood donations could help save up to three lives.
McPherson died in a motorcycle crash in 2011, just days before his 20th birthday. In his memory and in honor of his giving spirit, McPherson’s family is joining the American Red Cross to host a blood drive on June 8.
As a donor, “he not only continues to live in the hearts of his family and friends, but also lives on in the people who received the organs and blood that he donated,” McPherson’s family said in a statement.
Scott McPherson Jr. Memorial Blood Drive
May 31 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. George Catholic Church
4980 Heege Road in St. Louis
Blood donated at the Scott McPherson Jr. Memorial Blood Drive could help many patients, including accident victims, cancer patients, premature babies and those undergoing surgery. Donors who present to give blood between May 23 and 31 could win one of five $1,000 American Express gift cards.
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.