Russell community blood drive in memory of Junior Pruter

September 25, 2014

Residents of Russell and surrounding communities will have an opportunity to give the gift of life Oct. 1 by donating blood to the American Red Cross in remembrance of  local resident Junior Pruter.

Pruter was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome in December 2009. He required at least weekly blood transfusions which gave Pruter another three years with his family. Before he passed away in October 2012, Pruter wanted to attend blood drives to personally thank those coming to give. He was unable to fulfill that wish, so his family invites the community to attend the upcoming blood drive held in Pruter’s memory and help others in need.

“Dad was so very thankful to those who donated the blood he received so regularly the last three years of his life. We always told him that someday we would have a blood drive for him,” said Kenda Johnson, Pruter’s daughter. “After watching Dad receive so many transfusions, we know firsthand how important blood donations are. As a family, we want to do all we can to get the word out and encourage others to donate.”

Donate Blood in Memory of Junior Pruter

Wednesday, Oct. 1

Noon – 6 p.m.

Fossil Creek Inn and Suites

1430 S. Fossil, Russell, Kan.

To make an appointment at this blood drive, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit

The need for blood is constant. The Red Cross must collect about 15,000 pints of blood every day to meet the needs of hospital patients in Kansas and across the country. Blood donated at the blood drive held in memory of Junior Pruter can help many patients in need, including accident victims, cancer patients and those undergoing surgery.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit 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 (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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.