MADISON, Wis. —The American Red Cross and Wauzeka –Steuben school district are hosting a special blood drive in memory of John Peloch on Friday, March 3, from noon to 6 p.m. at Wauzeka Village Hall, 213 East Front Street.
When Peloch, a 2002 graduate of Wauzeka-Steuben High School, was diagnosed with acute leukemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), a cancer of the lymphatic system, his family learned firsthand how important blood donations could be. Blood transfusions helped Peloch while undergoing chemotherapy until he passed in 2009.
“Giving blood is an easy way to make a big difference,” said Justine Sparrgrove, John’s widow. “We were able to spend more time with him because someone chose to donate. He would take great pride knowing that the community is giving back to support this blood drive.”
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.
“Hosting this blood drive in his name is a wonderful way to honor John and help patients in need,” said Randy Place, account manager for the Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region.
The Peloch family encourages the community to give blood in John’s honor during Red Cross Month, a celebration of everyday heroes, like the family and friends who continue to honor John’s memory by rolling up a sleeve to give blood for patients in need.
Blood Drive in memory of John Peloch
Friday, March 3, 2017
Noon to 6 p.m.
Wauzeka Village Hall
213 East Front Street, Wauzeka, WI
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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.