KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Sept. 17, 2020) – The American Red Cross is once again working with the Missouri State Highway Patrol and friends and family of Corporal Michael E. Webster to host the 26th annual blood drive in his memory Friday, Oct. 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Troop A Highway Patrol office in Lee’s Summit, 504 SE Blue Parkway.
Cpl. Webster, a Missouri state trooper, died in October 1993 after being struck by a drunk driver while on duty. He was 33 years old at the time of his death. As a patrolman he was often the very first person on the scene of an accident, so he knew firsthand the importance of blood donations. Beginning with his college days, Cpl. Webster gave blood regularly.
“We are so grateful to be working with the Missouri State Highway Patrol again in honoring the memory of Corporal Webster,” said Joe Zydlo, communications manager, American Red Cross of Missouri-Arkansas. “He and his colleagues dedicate their lives to keeping our highways safe. Corporal Webster also knew how important it was to give back by donating blood to help those involved in accidents. We hope for a great turnout in his memory next month to help patients in need.”
The Red Cross needs donors of all blood types to give blood in support of kids fighting cancer, patients with sickle cell disease and others facing serious illnesses. The Red Cross must collect about 13,000 blood donations every day for patients at about 2,500 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide. The Red Cross encourages healthy individuals to schedule and keep blood donation appointments in the weeks ahead to ensure a stable supply for patients throughout this coronavirus pandemic. All donors are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.
Blood drive safety precautions
Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to ensure the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.