KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Friends, family and colleagues of Lisa Zuk remember her as someone with a strong desire to help others and a sense of humor that brightened the spirits of those around her. The 14-year veteran of the Kalamazoo Public Safety Department lost her battle with breast cancer on Nov. 30, 2015. This Christmas Eve, the American Red Cross and Old National Bank is again hosting a blood drive in memory of Lisa Zuk. All community members are encouraged to donate and help others in need.
“Lisa was a long-time blood donor and received a number of blood products during her treatment,” said Jane Emanuel, donor recruitment representative for the American Red Cross. “This blood drive is a chance for donors to give the gift of life while keeping Lisa’s memory alive.”
Donate Blood in Memory of Lisa Zuk
Saturday, Dec. 24
8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Radisson Hotel & Suites
100 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo
To make an appointment to donate during the ‘32nd Annual Holiday Blood Drive’, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org—Sponsor Code: HappyHolidays.
As a special thank you, everyone who comes to donate will receive a Red Cross holiday long-sleeve T-shirt, while supplies last, and will be entered for a chance to win an overnight package at the Radisson Plaza Hotel and Suites, plus hourly prize drawings. Blood donors of all types, particularly AB, O negative, A negative and B negative donors are urged to make a donation to help ensure patient needs can continue to be met this winter.
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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.