Community Blood Drive Held in Memory of Laura Kruger

January 26, 2012

On February 1, Wonewoc-area residents have an opportunity to honor the memory of Laura Kruger, a 20-year-old college student who tragically passed away on October 18, 2011, following a severe automobile accident. Laura needed 159 units of blood as a result of the collision, and her family is thankful that blood was available when Laura needed it. This winter, community members can donate lifesaving blood in memory of Laura at the American Red Cross Wonewoc community blood drive. 

Blood Drive in Memory of Laura Kruger

Wednesday, February 1 from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

St. Paul’s Lutheran School

101 Church Rd, Wonewoc

Laura was driving home from babysitting late one Sunday evening when an oncoming vehicle lost control while rounding a curve and struck her vehicle just two miles from the Kruger’s family home in Mauston. Following the collision, she was transported by Med Flight to UW Hospital in Madison, Wis., where she underwent emergency surgery twice before passing away two days later.

Laura attended St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran School and graduated from Wonewoc-Center High School in 2009. She was a third-year student at UW-Stout with a strong passion for performing piano, vocal and instrumental music, as well as acting in drama productions. She will be remembered for her creativity, work ethic and a loyalty to friends and family.   

“On February 4, we would be celebrating Laura’s 21st birthday. We can’t celebrate with her, but I think she would really like our idea of celebrating with a blood drive that will help others,” said Ann Kruger, Laura’s mother.

Ann hopes at least 50 pints of blood will be donated through the Red Cross on Wednesday to help meet the constant need for blood. Nationwide, an average of 44,000 blood donations are needed each and every day to meet the needs of accident victims, cancer patients, and children with blood disorders. The blood supply is particularly vulnerable to periodic shortages during the winter months due to inclement weather and seasonal illnesses. Make an appointment to donate blood while helping patients in need and honoring Laura Kruger’s memory.

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 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. 

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.