WATERLOO, Ind. (Feb. 26, 2019) — 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 Saturday, March 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Classic City Center in Waterloo.
“I have given blood frequently since I was 18 years old,” said David Rodecap, Alexander’s father. “I think giving blood is one of the least selfish things you can do. I started hosting blood drives in honor of Alex to put the need in front of people that may never give blood otherwise, and also to bring people together who knew Alex.”
Whether individuals are long-time donors or have never given before, the Rodecap family invites everyone to attend this blood drive. “From first time donors to repeat donors, we want people to see there is nothing to be afraid of, and that by giving blood you can be such a help to others.”
This is the sixth Red Cross blood drive in Alexander’s name, seeking to collect 35 donations. The previous blood drives collected a total of 249 donations. His family hopes to reach the milestone of more than 285 donations made in Alexander’s name.
“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.
The Red Cross depends on blood donor heroes across the nation to collect enough blood to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals nationwide. In Indiana alone, the Red Cross needs about 450 donors each day to support patients at 80 hospitals across the state. Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are needed to help those rely on blood products.
Blood Drive in memory of Alexander Rodecap
Saturday, March 9, 2019
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 and platelet donors can 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 computer or mobile device. 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.