Fourth Red Cross blood drive held in memory of Waterloo student may reach 200th donation in his name
Alexander Rodecap was an excellent student, gifted athlete, great friend, and always the one to help others before himself. He passed away in 2013 at the age of 16 and is remembered for his giving spirit and great smile. The community is invited to give blood in honor of Alexander at a special American Red Cross blood drive on Saturday, March 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Classic City Center in Waterloo.
This is the fourth Red Cross blood drive in Alexander’s name, seeking to collect 48 donations. The previous blood drives collected a total of 173 donations. With the March 4 drive, his family hopes to reach the milestone of more than 200 donations made in Alexander’s name.
“I want to keep this going in his memory for a great cause and great results,” said David Rodecap, Alexander’s father. “It brings his friends back together when we can donate in his name for others’ needs.”
“Hosting this blood drive in his name is a wonderful way to remember Alexander and honor his legacy of helping others,” said Stephanie Burris, 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 and transfusion centers nationwide.
Blood Drive in memory of Alexander Rodecap
Saturday, March 4, 2017
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Classic City Center
3375 Co. Road 427, Waterloo, IN 46793
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