Red Cross blood drive to honor Kansas City-area car crash victim
Kansas City native Rebecca Egender was critically hurt in 2009 crash
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (July 29, 2013) – 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, 32-year-old Rebecca Egender and the American Red Cross invite the community to donate blood to help save lives of patients in need.
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.”
Rebecca Egender Blood Drive
Aug. 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bishop O’Hara High School
9001 James A. Reed Road in Kansas City, Mo.
This marks the second consecutive year Egender has partnered with the Red Cross to host a blood drive in her hometown. The 2012 Rebecca Egender Blood Drive collected 18 pints of blood.
“You have no idea how much not only the patient needing the blood is grateful, but their family and friends as well,” Egender said. “It is an extremely easy process, but the rewards are forever living in the lives you help save.”
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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.