Wife Helps "Grow" New Blood Donors in Memory of Husband - Thad Tate

May 7, 2010

News Release


Media Contact:Jennifer L. Keller - (316) 268-0853 / Cell: (316) 558-2428

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Wichita, Kan.April 26, 2010—A commemorative blood drive will be held in memory of Thad Tate, longtime blood donor, on Friday, May 7, from 8:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the New Gym at Linn High School, 300 Parkview, Linn, Kan.


According to Mary Tate, just a few days shy of their 27th wedding anniversary in November, her husband Thad Tate, 57, passed away. He died in his sleep of heart failure. The public works department lost a great employee and she lost a true friend and an avid gardener that day.


Thad’s death was devastating to Mary, and to the rest of his family, and even now, it is still hard for her to talk about. But Mary knew right away the best way to honor her husband’s memory.


“He wasn’t much of a volunteer, but Thad was a faithful blood donor,” said Mary. “Whenever drives would come to Linn or BethlehemLutheran Churchin Greenleaf, he would donate. It was his way of giving back.”


So in memory of Thad, Mary made a financial contribution to Red Cross Blood Services, and asked that the money be used at blood drives held in Washington County. She hopes to encourage more people to become blood donors like her husband.


When asked how long she and her husband had lived in Linn, Mary said 27 years. “I was from Barnes, he was from Clyde, and so we moved to the middle.” If Thad wasn’t at work, Mary said she could always find him doing something in his garden — tending the tomatoes, onions, cucumbers and more. “Even in the winter, he’d be reading books about gardening and planning for the next year’s garden.”


Thanks to donors like Thad Tate, the American Red Cross continues to meet the needs of hospital patients throughout Kansas each day. Help us grow new donors this May in his memory.


Please consider joining the American Red Cross and Mary Tate at the Linn Community Blood Drive on May 7, 2010. Everyone who comes in to donate will receive a free T-shirt.


How to Donate Blood:

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit www.redcrossblood.orgto make an appointment today. Walk-ins are also welcome at this drive. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 in Kansas with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19. Visit www.redcrossblood.orgto learn more.


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation’s blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The American Red Cross is a charity, not a government agency and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission.