ST. LOUIS, Mo. (Sept. 17, 2018) — The American Red Cross is once again partnering with Leslie and Alan Nehring to host a blood drive in memory of their son Caleb, Monday, Oct. 1 from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Bristol Elementary, 20 Gray Ave., in Webster Groves.
In September 2005, Caleb was diagnosed with stage IV Rhabdomyosarcoma, a form of childhood cancer. After completing one week of first grade, he spent the next 13 months receiving treatment, including surgeries, chemotherapy and numerous blood transfusions. Caleb showed tremendous courage and strength until he passed away Oct. 1, 2006. This drive has collected 901 units in the previous 11 years, including a high-water mark of 115 in 2016.
“We hope to collect our 1,000th unit of blood in Caleb’s memory at this year’s blood drive,” said Leslie. “We are so grateful for the continued support of friends, family and the entire community who help make a difference for countless others who need it most.”
Donate Blood in Memory of Caleb Nehring
Monday, Oct. 1
Bristol Elementary School
20 Gray St., Webster Groves, MO 63119
To make an appointment to donate, visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code: Caleb
In the spirit of giving, all can Give Life by donating blood alongside Caleb’s parents, Alan and Leslie, to help those in need. In addition, give joy by donating a new toy to benefit Friends of Kids with Cancer - a non-profit organization with over 25 years of history exclusively in St. Louis of helping kids with cancer…be kids.
Those with types O, A negative and B negative blood are encouraged to make a Power Red donation at this blood drive. Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact. During this type of donation, red blood cells are separated from other blood components, and the plasma and platelets are safely and comfortably returned to the donor.
Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all need blood.
How to donate blood
Simply download the 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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.
Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.