Families seek 150th donation in honor of Heath Bumgarner and Kane Krinn
The community is invited to give blood in memory of Heath Bumgarner and William Kane Krinn at a special American Red Cross blood drive held in their honor on Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Norwell High School.
This is the second blood drive held in their memory. The previous drive brought in 79 donations and this blood drive could add to that number and bring the total donations in their names to 150.
Both boys passed away at age 18 a few years apart from accidental shootings. Heath passed away in 2013 and Kane passed away in 2008. The boys were involved in sports and clubs at Norwell High School, and were known for having giving hearts and a desire to help others. They were both blood donors, and were registered tissue, bone and organ donors as well.
Heath, a Uniondale resident, was active in football, track and 4-H. He loved farming, hunting, racing go-carts, four wheeling and snowmobiling. Kane, a resident of Ossian, was active in FFA, 4-H, football and wrestling. He enjoyed four wheeling, farming and was in Vocational Auto at Southern Wells.
The families of Heath and Kane have a goal of giving to those who critically need it. “We are seeking community support from friends and families of both boys to celebrate their lives and the healing power of giving back in their memory,” said Kimberly Bumgarner, Heath’s mother.
“It is our passion to help as many people as we can through donor awareness,” said Tonya Hobson, Kane’s mot
her. “It is healing to know
our boys helped others with a second chance at life. It is my honor and obligation to raise
awareness for the need of blood and organ donations.”
“Hosting this blood drive is a wonderful way to remember Heath and Kane and honor their legacy of helping others,” said Julie Wieland, account manager for the Red Cross.
Every two seconds in the United States blood and platelets are needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. The Red Cross must collect nearly 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,600 hospitals nationwide.
Donate blood in memory of Heath Bumgarner and Kane Krinn
Saturday, April 29, 2017
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Norwell High School
1100 US Highway 224, Ossian, IN 46777
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 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 donors can now 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, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass
and follow the instructions on the site.
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