Donate blood in honor of Anna Hartman

April 22, 2013

News Release


Media contact: Cari Merrill, 316-268-0853, @RedCrossBloodCP            


Donate blood in honor of Anna Hartman

American Red Cross blood drive honors local teenager


WICHITA, Kan. (April 22, 2013) — Wendy Hartman credits a miracle and the blood donors who gave more than 40 pints of blood for helping to save the life of her 14-year-old daughter, Anna. After an emergency surgery in early March, Anna experienced massive internal bleeding and needed mass blood transfusions to stop the bleeding.


Wendy, a former registered nurse case manager at Larksfield Place, knew the stark reality of her daughter’s condition. When friends asked what they could do to help, she responded: “Pray, and give blood.”


“I cringe to think what if no one ever discovered blood transfusions. Anna wouldn’t have had a chance,” Wendy said. “One of my missions in life now is to make sure other people have blood available to them.”


In honor of Anna, an American Red Cross blood drive will be held April 25 from 10:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at Larksfield Place, 7373 E. 29th St. N. Those interested in donating at Anna’s blood drive can schedule an appointment by visiting, keyword: Larksfield.

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 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.


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 or join our blog at