MEDFORD, N.J.— Before she passed away three years ago, Kathy Papasso was already working with the Seaboard Chapter Antique Motorcycle Club to sponsor a local blood drive. Diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2005, Kathy understood, firsthand, the critical role of local drives in helping to ensure that blood products are available to cancer patients in need of transfusions.
“Kathy cared a lot for everyone around her and gave back to the community at every opportunity,” said Ronald Papasso, Kathy’s husband. “Her warm personality and zest for life touched everyone.”
During her 8 1/2-year battle with cancer, Kathy received countless blood and platelet transfusions that were instrumental in helping to sustain her life. She passed away on Feb. 3, 2014, but her legacy of caring for others lives on. The Seaboard Chapter Antique Motorcycle Club is sponsoring an American Red Cross blood drive in Kathy’s memory on Sunday, Feb. 26 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at VFW Post 7677, 317 Church Road, Medford.
“With her passing, the Seaboard Chapter is continuing what Kathy started to ensure that blood banks have the gift of life so others suffering from cancer will be able to live one more day with the hope of a cure on the horizon,” shared Ronald Papasso.
To make an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org
, sponsor code Kathy.
Donate Blood in Memory of Kathy Papasso
Seaboard Chapter Antique Motorcycle Club
VFW Post 7677 | 317 Church Road | Medford, New Jersey
Sunday, Feb. 26 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
How to donate blood
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.
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, from a home or work computer 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