Community Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Registration Held in Honor of Owen Pilot

September 7, 2011

On September 14, the Peshtigo community has an opportunity to donate blood in honor of eight-year-old Owen Pilot who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at age three. Peshtigo residents may also register as a bone marrow donor with DKMS, the world’s largest bone marrow donor center, and help save blood cancer patients in need of transplants.

Owen Pilot Blood Drive & Bone Marrow Registration

Wednesday, Sept 14 from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Peshtigo Elementary Learning Center
341 N Emery Ave

The event is organized by the family and friends of the Pilot family who encourage members of the community to attend the blood and marrow drive in honor of Owen. Since being diagnosed with leukemia, Owen has been in remission twice; however, the cancer relapsed in his bone marrow, and he is now in need of a lifesaving bone marrow transplant.

"Owen has been incredibly strong these last five years, and we are thankful for those who give blood because their donations have helped him courageously fight his battle with cancer," said Owen’s mother, Liz. "We hope others will consider donating blood or registering as a bone marrow donor and help save someone’s life, someone like Owen."  

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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 (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are generally in 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. 

How to Register as a Bone Marrow Donor

Registering to become a bone marrow donor is more than a cheek swab; it is a commitment to help save a life. You must be between 18 and 55 and in good general health. When you register with DKMS, you will also be listed on the Be The Match Registry® (operated by the NMDP) and can be found as a donor match for any patient in need of a bone marrow transplant.

About the American Red Cross

Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.

About DKMS

The DKMS mission is to save lives by recruiting bone marrow donors for leukemia patients. More than 26,000 DKMS donors have helped save lives by donating their bone marrow. DKMS is the largest bone marrow donor center in the world with over 2.8 million registered donors. For more information about DKMS and to learn more about registering as a bone marrow donor, please visit