Red Cross blood drive in Webster Groves to be held in memory of local child
Caleb Nehring lost his fight with cancer in 2006
WEBSTER GROVES, Mo. (Sept. 23, 2013) – The family of Caleb Nehring is again partnering with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive in memory of their son. Caleb was 8 years old when he died in October 2006 after battling cancer for more than a year.
Caleb was diagnosed in 2005 with stage four Rhabdomyosarcoma, a form of childhood cancer. For 13 months Caleb received treatment, including surgeries, chemotherapy and numerous blood transfusions. His parents, Leslie and Alan Nehring, now invite the community to give blood to help other patients still fighting.
“We saw firsthand how he benefitted from blood donations throughout his 13 months of treatment,” Leslie Nehring said.
Leslie said the Nehring family hosts a blood drive each year on the anniversary of Caleb’s death, because, “the day is too painful without doing something to help others.”
Caleb Nehring Memorial Blood Drive
Oct. 1 from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Walter Ambrose Family Center
222 W. Cedar Ave. in Webster Groves, Mo.
The summer is almost over, but the need for blood products remains constant, especially types A negative, B negative and O negative blood. On average, the Red Cross must collect almost 17,000 pints of blood every day.
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.