JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — For the fifth consecutive year, Zimmer Radio stations 94.3 Kat Country, 101.9 The Wave and News Radio 950 KWOS are teaming up with the St. Louis Cardinals and the American Red Cross to help save lives and honor teenager, Hudson Lee.
Hudson, who just completed his sophomore year at Helias Catholic High School, is like many teenagers. He enjoys hunting, riding four wheelers, spending time with his friends, and fishing on the Helias fishing team. Sadly, Hudson’s young life was interrupted when he was diagnosed with leukemia in March of 2013. In the finals days of completing his treatment, Hudson is hopeful he can now help others. “I am honored to be a part of this blood drive, said Husdson. “The Red Cross provided me with a lot of blood and platelets during my illness.”
Blood and platelet donations are needed every day for patients with many serious medical conditions. 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.
This blood drive comes at an important time of year. Blood and platelet donations often decline during the summer months when busy summer schedules and vacation plans can cause some donors to be less available to give. But, the need for blood remains constant all summer long.
The St. Louis Cardinals are helping to educate the community about the need for blood products. “I’ve donated blood myself and feel it’s an easy way to help people,” said Stephen Piscotty, St. Louis Cardinals right fielder. “It feels great to help others and I encourage others to donate blood too.”
Everyone who steps up to the plate and attempts to donate blood at the Fifth annual Jefferson City Cardinals Blood Drive on July 26, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Capitol Mall Community Room, 3600 Country Club Drive, Jefferson City, will receive a specially designed St. Louis Cardinals T-shirt, while supplies last. Delete Blood Cancer DKMS will also provide attendees an opportunity to register as potential bone marrow donors at this event by completing a registration form and a cheek swab.
Since the inception of the Jefferson City Cardinals Blood Drive in 2012, more than 740 pints of blood have been donated by local heroes.
The American Red Cross is the only blood services provider that also offers health and safety training, serves as a vital communication link between military personnel and their families, teaches disaster preparedness, and provides relief to victims of disasters.
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.