Red Cross blood drive in Richmond Heights to commemorate Jon Stegen
Stegen passed away after battle with cancer in 2012
ST. LOUIS (July 29, 2013) – Family and friends of a strong-willed, dedicated husband and father who lost his battle with cancer in December 2012 are hoping his story will inspire others to make a difference. The Golden Cord Foundation, started in memory of Jon by his wife Jessica, is joining the American Red Cross to host a blood drive in Stegen’s memory on Aug. 11 in Richmond Heights, Mo.
Stegen was 34 years old when he passed away last December following a nearly 10-month cancer fight. During treatment, which included a 15-hour surgery in Washington D.C., Stegen received a number of blood transfusions. His wife, Jessica, credits those transfusions, and the many donors who provided the blood for them, with helping make her husband’s final days more enjoyable.
“His transfusions seemed to make him stronger and gave him more energy to create memories with his children and friends,” Jessica Stegen said. “He was even able to go trick-or-treating with our children, something they will remember forever.”
Jessica hopes the foundation and blood drive will encourage others to assist patients in need.
“We want to raise awareness of how often cancer patients need blood,” she said. “The need is always there, and we want people to see that. We are grateful to the many donors who provided blood to help Jon, and hope through the foundation and this blood drive, we can do the same for someone else.”
Jon C. Stegen Memorial Blood Drive
Aug. 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Heights Community Center
8001 Dale Ave. in Richmond Heights, Mo.
For more information on the Golden Cord Foundation, visit goldencordfoundation.org.
How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code GoldenCord 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.