ST. LOUIS, Mo. (May 15, 2019) — The American Red Cross is joining the Jewish community and the family and friends of Arianna (Ari) Dougan to host a blood drive in her memory Sunday, June 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Shaare Emeth Congregation, 11645 Ladue Road, Saint Louis.
Ari was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at the age of three. She fought this form of cancer on and off for eight years and received more than 200 units of blood during her treatment. Ari finally lost her battle at age 11. She believed in doing random acts of kindness, and her mother, Lori Zucker, encourages others to continue shining her light by doing the same. Ari’s spirit and love of the St. Louis Blues was well known in the community, and it included developing a close friendship with All-Star winger Vladimir Tarasenko. Lori sees this blood drive as another way to give back while keeping Ari’s memory alive.
“We invite the entire community, including St. Louis Blues fans, to donate blood in Ari’s memory,” said Lori. “I know she would love to see a great turnout, and many people donating in her memory to help children and hospital patients that need it most.”
The Red Cross currently has a critical shortage of type O blood. Right now, and type O blood is being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in. Type O donors ─ and donors of all types ─ are urged to give now to help ensure blood is on the shelves for patients when every second matters.
In thanks, all those who come to donate blood or platelets with the Red Cross May 1 through June 10, 2019, will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email. (Restrictions apply; see amazon.com/gc-legal. More information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.)
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 more than 13,000 blood and platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,500 hospitals nationwide.