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Red Cross blood drive in Webster Groves to be held in memory of local child

September 17, 2014
 

Caleb Nehring lost his battle with cancer in 2006

 

WEBSTER GROVES, Mo. (Sept. 17, 2014) — 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 he 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 the 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.” 

 

Donate Blood in Memory of Caleb Nehring

Wednesday, Oct. 1

2-7 p.m.

Walter Ambrose Family Center

222 W. Cedar Ave. in Webster Groves

To make an appointment to donate, visit redcrossblood.org

 

Blood donated at the Caleb Nehring Memorial Blood Drive can help many patients, including cancer patients, accident victims, premature babies and others.

 

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 consent 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.

 

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